The holidays are here, and for many people, that means shopping for gifts, including toys for the kids. Before buying, however, it’s important to know which toys to avoid and why. Just because a toy is on the market, doesn’t mean it’s safe.
Worst Toys List
Every year just before the holiday season, a consumer watchdog group called World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H., releases a list of the 10 worst toys on the market when it comes to safety concerns. This year’s list features toys with design elements that include easily detachable small parts, which can be choking hazards for young children; sharp objects that can cause lacerations and injure eyes; and projectile toys that shoot into the air, potentially causing blunt force trauma.
It should be noted that the toys in the W.A.T.C.H. list are not the only dangerous toys being sold today. Instead, these specific playthings are illustrative of common safety hazards found in some toys.
Here are the toys and their potential hazards:
- Nickelodeon Nella Princess Knight Pillow Pets Sleeptime Lights – Ingestion & battery-related injuries
- Nerf Vortex VTX Praxis Blaster – Eye & facial injuries
- Marvel Black Panther Slash Claw – Eye & facial injuries
- Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel Superstar Blade – Blunt force & eye injuries
- Cabbage Patch Kids Dance Time Doll – Choking injuries
- Zoo Jamz Xylophone – Ingestions & choking injuries
- Nici Wonderland Doll: Miniclara the Ballerina – Choking injuries
- Stomp Rocket Ultra Rocket – Eye, face & other impact injuries
- Cutting Fruit – Puncture & blunt force injuries
- Chien Á Promener Pull Along Dog – Entanglement & strangulation injuries
Do Your Homework
When it comes to the harm toys can cause, the numbers illustrate the dangers in black and white. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) statistics show that there were nearly 252,000 toy-related injuries treated in the nation’s hospital emergency rooms in 2017. There were also 13 toy-related deaths. These sad statistics emphasize the absolute importance of doing some homework in order to choose toys wisely. Nobody wants their happy holidays ruined by an injury or worse.
Here are some things you can do to help ensure the toys you buy kids for the holidays and every day don’t cause injuries.
- Pay attention to manufacturer age recommendations.
- Don’t give toys with small parts to young children.
- Read manufacturer warning labels about possible hazards.
- Select toys that suit a child’s current abilities, and supervise toy use when necessary.
- Buy toys with the ASTM designation. This designation means that the toy has met national safety standards from the American Society for Testing and Materials.
- Check for toy recalls at the CPSC website, which contains a list of recalled toys as well as other products. The data shows that there were 28 toy recalls in the fiscal year 2017.
The holidays are a time for joy and happiness, not pain and injury. If you know which toys to avoid, children will have fun and stay safe throughout this celebratory season and beyond.
If your child has suffered an injury and you need the services of an experienced attorney, contact Kaplan Lawyers, PC today.