Parents need to use good information and common sense to keep their kids safe and away from dangerous toys. Every year toy sellers are eager to make as much money as they can during this, the most wonderful, time of the year.
Consumer safety group World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH) unveiled this year’s list of most dangerous toys last month. They’re advising the public not to buy them because of the potential harm they may cause.
They include, according to Fox Business News:
- Nickelodeon Nella Princess Knight Pillow Pets Sleeptime Lites: These are soft Pillow Pets sold as nightlights for infants’ rooms. Nella features a small, felt-like flower and a heart tag. If removed, they could cause choking, and your child may never wake up. The manufacturer also warns of possible battery acid leakage … never a good sign.
- Nerf Vortex Praxis Blaster: These Nerf-brand projectile shooters, marketed to children as young as eight, fire discs that could cause eye and facial injuries. Maybe it should be called a vision blaster.
- Marvel Black Panther Slash Claw: It’s as advertised, which makes one wonder why an adult with any sense would buy it for a child. It’s a rigid, plastic, toy claw based on the popular comic book and movie character. Though glorified as a possible weapon, the packaging warns it shouldn’t actually be used as one.
- Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel Superstar Blade: What could be more fun than a spring-loaded plastic blade for young, energetic children on Christmas morning? What could possibly go wrong? Facial and impact injuries.
- Cabbage Patch Kids Dance Time Doll: Maybe it should be called the choking-time doll, because thanks to its removable headband that’s exactly what might happen.
- Zoo Jamz Xylophone: Nothing says Christmas like drum sticks, and this toy delivers. There are no warnings on the packaging, though the toy includes a slim, nine-inch long drum stick which could potentially be placed in a child’s mouth and block the airway.
- Nici Wonderland Doll – Miniclara the Ballerina: This doll features a detachable, soft kitten that poses a choking hazard.
- Stomp Rocket Ultra Rocket: There are many warnings on the packaging, which could be summed up as “Do not buy.” The manufacturer cautions parents and kids to take steps to “prevent serious eye or face injuries.”
- Cutting Fruit: We warn our kids against running with scissors, but what about knives? Perhaps they just shouldn’t have them, including the hard plastic one that comes with this toy. It could cause puncture wounds and blunt trauma injuries.
- Chien A Promener Pull Along Dog: An oldy but a baddy, this pull dog toy has a cord measuring about 19 inches long. It could choke or trip a child, but no warnings are provided.
Adults are the gatekeepers when it comes to toys. We need to do some research (like this list), thoroughly examine the toy and think about what can go wrong given how the toy was designed and made, as well as the ages of those using it. When in doubt, don’t. There are plenty of toys available that the child may enjoy that won’t feature leaking batteries, shooting projectiles, claws, blades or choking hazards.
An injury, especially a serious one, won’t be any fun for the child or parent this Christmas. They want to be with family and friends this holiday, not in the local hospital’s emergency department.
Serious injuries caused by a defective toy could be the subject of a personal injury lawsuit. The Evans Law Firm offers personalized legal assistance in convenient locations across Texas, including Austin, if this happens to your family. Whatever your legal concern, you can feel assured that you will receive responsive and accurate counsel.
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