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December is Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month, So Shop Carefully

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With holiday gift shopping in full swing, some shoppers may forget safety in their excitement to secure the perfect gifts for the young people in their lives. While consumer product safety has come a long way in recent decades, many potentially dangerous toys still enter the market each year. With this in mind, Daggett Shuler Law offers useful tips to help shoppers buy responsibly.

December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Health Tradition reminds us that December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month — urging shoppers to carefully consider the safety and appropriate age range of the toys and gifts they buy. First established by Prevent Blindness America, the campaign encourages shoppers to carefully consider the toys they give and whether they suit the age, skills, and abilities of the recipient.

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, emergency rooms in the U.S. treated over 250,000 toy-related injuries in 2010, and 72% of those injured were below 15 years of age. In 2007 alone, toy manufacturers recalled 19 million toys due to safety concerns.

The 2018 Dangerous Toys List

Each year, the non-profit consumer-safety organization World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (WATCH) lists the year’s worst toys for infants and children to educate the public and protect children from harm. This year’s list includes:

  • Kid O Toys Cutting Fruit: The product features magnetic fruit and a hard plastic “knife” which could cause puncture wounds or other blunt-trauma injuries to younger children.
  • Marvel Black Panther Slash Claw: The product’s rigid plastic claws pose the risk of eye and facial injuries, even though the packaging advises against swinging at or hitting people.
  • Nickelodeon Nella the Princess Knight Pillow Pets Sleeptime Lite: Small product accessories present an ingestion hazard. The manufacturer has also identified a “battery acid leakage” hazard.
  • Stomp Rocket Ultra Rocket: The product features rockets that can launch up to 200 feet, leading to warnings on the package about the potential risk for eye and facial injuries.
  • VTech Zoo Jamz Xylophone: While the product features a nine-inch-long drumstick presenting a potential choking hazard, the packaging features no warning regarding this danger.

We Can Help.

If you or someone you love has been injured by a potentially dangerous or defective product, contact Daggett Shuler Law for help. An experienced Defective Product Attorney can handle your entire case and work to secure fair and just compensation for you.

If you have questions about a defective product, call Daggett Shuler at 800-815-5500. When you call, you will speak with a Winston-Salem, North Carolina Defective Product Attorney absolutely FREE. We will investigate every detail of your situation at no cost to you—and fight hard to secure the compensation you deserve.

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