The US Public Interest Research Group has published its 25th annual toy safety report called “Trouble in Toyland.” The group is warning buyers to watch out for potentially dangerous or toxic toys that will be available on store shelves this holiday season.
Also, among the study’s findings:
• Choking is still the leading cause of toy-related deaths in the US.
• Despite the recall of millions of toys because of high levels of lead, there may still be children’s jewelry and toys being sold that contain unacceptable levels of lead.
• Even though there is now a ban on three classes of phthalates in kids’ products, PIRG still found products containing levels of phthalates that were too high.
Our Washington DC child injury lawyers know how much care you invest in protecting your child and we aware that it can be incredibly upsetting to discover that your son or daughter became sick, got hurt, or died because a manufacturer made a defective or dangerous toy.
Recently, World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH) Inc. put out its 2010 list of 10 Worst Toys:
• Buzz Magnets: Small magnet pieces can pose a choking hazard. If the magnets are swallowed, they can cause serious internal injuries.
• Spy Gear Split-Blaster: Darts used by this toy can cause serious eye injuries.
• Kung Fu Panda Sword of Heroes: The sword’s hard plastic can cause serious injuries upon impact.
• Big Bang Rocket: Loud noise made by the toy rocket can potentially cause hearing damage.
• Supasplat Splatblaster: High velocity toy gun can cause eye, facial, and other injuries.
• Animal Alley Pony: Fiber-like hair on the ponies can pose an aspiration or ingestion hazard.
• Walkaroo II Aluminum Stilts: WATCH questions whether it is realistic to expect kids as young as age 5 to stay balanced on the stilts. May cause head or other injuries during a fall.
• My First Mini Cycle: Can pose a head injury risk if toddler riding it falls off. Helmet use is strongly recommended.
• Ballzillion Tug Boat Play Center: Can cause injury or death if used as a flotation device.
• Pull Along Caterpillar: The breakaway pull string can pose a choking hazard to babies.
Trouble in Toyland: The 25th Annual Survey of Toy Safety, US PIRG, November 23, 2010
Trouble in Toyland: This Year’s Dangerous Toys, Fox 8, November 23, 2010
WATCH’s 10 most dangerous toys, Boston.com
Related Web Resources:
Read PIRG’s Report (PDF)
Contact our DC products liability law firm.