NEW YORK – Many of us have heard that echoing phrase from ‘A Christmas Story’ and in some cases, even questioned the safety of some toys, and rightfully so.
“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”
Aside from bee-bee guns, there are many other toys potential gift-givers should be concerned about this year – and just in time for the holidays, the safety advocacy group WATCH (World Against Toys Causing Harm) has released its annual “Worst Toy List.”
“Due to poor design, manufacturing and marketing practices, there are toys available for purchase today with the potential to lead to serious injury and even death,” WATCH stated in a press release.
A defective product attorney at Cellino & Barnes says these toys are not always the most dangerous items you can find in a store but they may have safety concerns that can sometimes overlooked.
“Some of the most dangerous toys can often seem innocent to shoppers and in many cases, toys are marketed as ‘safe’ when, in fact, they can cause serious harm,” defective product lawyer Steve Barnes said. “The holidays account for roughly 65-percent of annual toy sales, so many companies rush to market their toys and put them on store shelves but that lack of care can often put dangerous or defective toys in your shopping cart.”
According to some studies, more than 3 million children have been treated in emergency rooms for a toy-related injury. More than half of the children hurt were under the age of six.
A defective product lawyer says some of the most common types of toy injuries include:
- Eye Injuries
- And Cuts
Here are the toys WATCH named as being the “Worst Toys” of 2016:
- Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddles Family – Some packages recommend 3+ while others say 2+ for the same toy. WATCH states there are no warnings about choking hazards.
- Kids Time Baby Children’s Elephant Pillow – Pillows for children under the age of one are banned by a federal safety act. Despite this, advertising depicts an infant snuggling with the pillow and the product packaging contains no age warnings.
- Slimeball Slinger – Can cause eye injuries.
- Banzai Bump N’ Bounce Body Bumpers – In small print, product recommends wearing protective equipment such as helmets or eye-wear. Despite recommendation, packaging displays children without wearing safety accessories.
- Nerf Rival Apollo Xv-700 Blaster – Kids depicted wearing safety equipment such as a mask or eye-wear but the accessories are sold separately.
- The Good Dinosaur Galloping Butch – Potential to puncture a child’s face.
- Peppy Pups – Strangulation concerns over 31-inch cord.
- Flying Heroes Superman Launcher – Flying Superman has potential to fly into a child’s face or eye.
- Baby Magic Feed and Play Baby – Toy is recommended for children 2+ and includes a spoon small enough to be a choking hazard, WATCH stated.
- Warcraft Doomhammer – Packaging does not warn of potential impact injuries associated with the heavy, plastic ‘battle hammer,’ WATCH said.
Toymakers insist that safety is a top priority this holiday season and meet all federal safety requirements.
However, many toys are not subject to independent safety testing, which can raise concerns for many parents.
Last year, ‘hoverboards’ were popular gifts for the holidays, prompting many public places such as malls and airports to ban the item after they were linked to dozens of fires and other safety concerns.
The toys on WATCH’s list have not been banned or recalled at the time this article was published.
If you’ve been injured by a dangerous or defective toy, the experienced attorneys at Cellino & Barnes can help. Children and their families may be entitled to significant compensation if it is determined that a toymaker was negligently responsible for an injury.
Contact a defective product attorney at Cellino & Barnes today for a free consultation.
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