The Long Island dangerous toy lawyers at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. In that spirit, the team would like to bring some of the potentially dangerous toys to the attention of parents this year, so they can take the appropriate steps to keep their children safe from harm.
As the Christmas season draws near, consumer watchdog groups get busy as well. These organizations are responsible for releasing lists of potentially dangerous or defective toys parents would be wise to avoid during the holidays.
One of those groups, World Against Toys Causing Harm or W.A.T.C.H., recently posted their list of the “10 Worst Toys” on the organization’s website. These products are sold in a wide variety of venues and may be on your children’s Christmas lists this year.
Dangerous toys to avoid
Some of the toys, such as the “Savage Orc Battle Hammer” and “Radio Flyer Ziggle” have the potential for causing impact injuries, while the “Air Storm Firetek Bow” and “Catapencil” raise the risk for eye injuries. Others, such as the “Wooden Instruments,” “Lil’ Cutesies – Best Friend” and “Colored Hedgehog” may look harmless, but pose a serious choking hazard.
The “Bottle Rocket Party” is cited by W.A.T.C.H. for not including safety goggles in the packaging, while the “SWAT Electronic Machine Gun’s” authentic design could prove dangerous in the hands of some children. The bright colors and happy faces of the animals in the “Alphabet Zoo Rock & Stack Pull Toy” belie the strangulation dangers lurking in the attached 20-inch cord.
The W.A.T.C.H. list is not the only list of dangerous toys noted for the 2014 holiday season. Another organization, United States Public Interest Research Group or U.S. PIRG, also released its annual report, “Trouble in Toyland.” This year’s report warns parents to watch out for toxicity levels in some children’s toys, as well as choking hazards. Some toys were also reported to cause possible hearing loss due to their noise, while others contain small, powerful magnets that could result in serious injury if ingested.
According to a recent report at CBS News, around 18 children suffer toy-related injuries every hour in the United States that are serious enough to send them to the emergency room. More than 80 percent of those injuries occurred in the child’s own home and the most likely culprit was a riding toy like a scooter. Common toy-related injuries include lacerations, suffocation, bone fractures, strangulation and burns.
Younger children were more likely to be harmed by choking or asphyxiation hazards, which can be hard to determine with some toys. Reading labels to ensure age appropriateness of a toy is one of the first steps parents can take to prevent choking accidents. Unfortunately, some toy manufacturers market their products to younger children, even when a choking danger might exist. This leaves parents and their children vulnerable to possible accidents once the toy comes home.
Consult with Long Island toy defect lawyers
When a child, or someone else, suffers an injury from an unsafe product, a product liability lawsuit might be the next logical step. Product liability puts the burden of proof on the plaintiff, who must show the product was defective due to the manufacturer’s negligence, the defect caused the injury and the injury required medical treatment. An experienced NY child injury attorney is usually needed to help families navigate this complex process to protect their rights and pursue legal compensation.
The product liability lawyers at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye understand the long-term implications of injuries caused by a dangerous toy. We work with victims and their families every day to hold toy manufacturers and retailers accountable for their actions. If your child is hurt by a defective product, don’t try to tackle the legal system alone.
Contact Edelman, Krasin & Jaye to learn more and get a free evaluation of your case. Call us today at 1-800-469-7429.
- W.A.T.C.H., 2014 “10 Worst Toy” List, http://toysafety.org/toy-safety/2014-10-worst-toy-list/
- CBS News, The Most Dangerous Types of Toys for Kids, http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-most-dangerous-types-of-toys-for-kids/
- U.S. PIRG, Survey Finds Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves, http://www.uspirg.org/news/usf/survey-finds-dangerous-toys-store-shelves-0