Every holiday season, the World Against Toys Causing Harm Inc. (WATCH)
publishes a list of the most dangerous toys. The organization has evaluated
the potential safety risks of popular toys for more than three decades.
As we discussed last week, toy recalls are a continuing safety issue. So
far this year, more than 500,000 units of toys have been recalled due
to safety defects.
“Due to poor design, manufacturing and marketing practices, there
are toys available for purchase today with the potential to lead to serious
injury and even death. WATCH urges parents and caregivers to take precautions
when buying toys— especially during the upcoming 2016 Holiday Season, which accounts for
more than 65% of all toy sales,”
WATCH said in a press statement.
If you have a child on your shopping list, it is advisable to do your research.
Below are some of the toys that WATCH designated to be the most dangerous for 2016:
PEPPA PIG’S MUDDY PUDDLES FAMILY: The toy has the potential for choking injuries. Despite the “choking
hazard” warning and “3+” age recommendation on the packaging
of some toys, other packages of what appear to be the same toys are sold
for oral-age children as young as “2+” with no warnings about
SLIMEBALL SLINGER: The toy has the potential for eye injuries. The “slimeball launcher”
is similar to a slingshot, and is sold with bright green “slimeballs”
as ammunition, which can be fired “over 30 feet!” Projectiles
launched with such force have the potential to cause serious eye injuries.
THE GOOD DINOSAUR GALLOPING BUTCH: The toy has the potential for puncture injuries. Operation of the dinosaur
by children as young as three years old in order to evoke “galloping
action and sounds” requires the push of a button on the toy’s
rigid, pointed tail, which may be held close to a child’s torso
or face. There exists a potential for significant puncture wound injuries
during encouraged playtime activity.
PEPPY PUPS: The toy has the potential for strangulation injuries. Despite the industry’s
standard requiring strings on playpen and crib toys to be less than 12
inches in length, manufacturers are permitted to market pull toys like
the “Peppy Pup” with a cord measuring approximately 31 inches.
BABY MAGIC FEED AND PLAY BABY: The toy has the potential for ingestion injuries. The “Baby Magic”
doll, which plays “peek a boo,” comes with a baby bottle,
high chair, blanket, food dish, and “interactive spoon.” The
slender, rigid plastic spoon is approximately 2 3⁄4” long,
with the potential to be mouthed and block a child’s airway.
If your child or someone you care about has suffered serious harm due to
a defective or otherwise dangerous toy, you may be entitled to compensation.
For more information, please contact
a San Diego personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage
for a free consultation.