The holiday season is here, and with that comes purchasing toys for the children in your life. However, no matter how much fun a toy looks, you need to keep safety in the forefront of your mind when shopping. Not all toys are created equal; some can pose serious hazards.
How big is the problem? According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2017, over a quarter million toy-related injuries were treated in emergency rooms. In addition, a tragic 13 toy-related deaths were also reported that year.
The consumer watchdog group W.A.T.C.H. (World Against Toys Causing Harm) releases a “10 Worst Toys” list each year which identifies some of the most dangerous toys available on the market. A few of the hazardous items are:
- Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog – Designed for very small children (18 months and up), this toy has removable 3-inch-long “quills” that have the potential for choking and ingestion.
- Nickelodeon Frozen Treats Slime – This make-your-own slime kit has named the various varieties of slime after flavors, such as mint chocolate chip. Marketed to children aged 6 and over, this product could pose chemical ingestion and/or irritation issues. The box warns of “harmful chemicals” along with a warning that states “DO NOT EAT.”
- Pogo Trick Board – This toy’s very nature holds the potential for traumatic head and other serious injuries. The photos on the packaging show kids attempting tricks and stunts on the pogo board, yet none of them are wearing protective gear such as elbow and knee pads, and only 2 of the 3 children are wearing helmets.
Daggett Shuler wishes all of you a happy and healthy holiday season. 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.
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