When it comes to shopping for toys this holiday season, safety should come first- followed closely by fun, of course. The consumer safety group, World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH) has issued its annual list. Small parts, strings, rigid surfaces, toxic substances and projectile pieces are all potentially unsafe when it comes to our children’s toys. Here are the ones to avoid this year:
Hallmark’s “Itty Bittys” Baby Stacking Toy. This toy is still on the market without age recommendations or warnings, despite being recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission in August 2017. It looks innocent enough, but the fabric hats and bows can detach posing a choking hazard to the small children it is marketing to.
Pull Along Poly by Tolo Toys Limited. This toy has a 19-inch long cord, which can present a strangulation hazard. The industry’s standard for safety requires strings on playpen and crib toys to be less than 12-inches long. This 19-inch long cord violates federal law.
Wonder Woman Battle-Action Sword by Mattel. This rigid plastic sword blade can cause facial damage and other injuries to children and adults.
Hand Fidgetz Spinners. Despite its warning of being a “novelty gift item” and “not intended to be used as a toy,” it is frequently sold in the retail toy aisles and remains a popular children’s item. The small parts can easily become loose or pulled off and are a choking hazard.
Spider-Man Spider-Drone Official Movie Edition by Marvel and Skyrocket Toys. This toy comes with rapidly moving rotating rotor blades that help propel it into the air. Even with the manufacturer’s warnings, this performance drone is still dangerous for children.
Nerf Zombie Strike Deadbolt Crossbow by Hasbro and Nerf.com. The excessive force of the arrows launched from the crossbow present the risk of eye and facial injuries.
Slackers Slackline Classic Series Kit by Brand 44. This toy is marketed for “all ages,” and warns of the potential for “severe injury or even death” with use.
Oval Xylophone by Plan Toys Inc. and Plan Creations. This wooden musical instrument marketed to babies as young as 12-months, comes with a 9.5-inch long narrow drumstick handle, which has the potential to block a child’s airway.
Jetts Heel Wheels by Razor USA. The “real sparking” action of these rear-wheel roller skate shoes can burn, according to the manufacturer. These also include a warning that “using heel wheels can be a dangerous activity that may result in injury or death.” The manufacturer warns users to “keep sparks away from eyes, hair, exposed skin and clothing. Sparks can burn.”
Brianna Babydoll by Melissa & Doug. This soft and huggable doll is marketed to children as young as 18 months, but the removable clothing and pink hair ties are a choking hazard.
At the Law Firm of Michael T. Gibson, P.A., we want you to stay safe this holiday season. If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a damaged or defective product or toy it is important to contact an experienced Orlando Products Liability Lawyer immediately. Product manufactures have a legal responsibility to provide products and toys that are safe and work in their intended manner- this is especially important of children toy manufacturers. Our experienced team of personal injury attorneys can help you obtain compensation for medical bills, future medical treatment, loss of wages, pain and suffering, etc. Feel free to fill out our quick contact form on our website to discuss your legal options in greater detail.