If you’re getting in your last-minute Christmas shopping for your children in an attempt to check off all of the items on their wish list, there are several potentially hazardous toys out on the market we feel you need to be aware of. Did you know that “a child or teen younger than 18 years of age is treated in an emergency department in the United States every three minutes for a toy-related injury” [Source: Nationwide Children’s Hospital]? The reality is, there are plenty of toys that are manufactured today that simply aren’t safe for kids to play with or come packaged with items that could cause a child to choke.
Therefore, in an effort to help you avoid from purchasing one of these potentially dangerous toys, below we are highlighting a few that are considered to pose as a safety hazard and may not be the best choice for your child. The following is a list of the toys that the World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.) says are the worst to purchase in 2018.
- Nickelodeon Nella Princess Knight Pillow Pets Sleeptime Lites– The source says that that “Nella is adorned with small, felt-like flower and heart-tag accessories which, if removed, present potential ingestion hazards. Additionally, the manufacturer identifies a “battery acid leakage” hazard.”
- NERF Vortex VTX Praxis Blaster– The “launch-force of the discs presents the potential for eye and facial injuries.”
- Marvel Black Panther Slash Claw– This toy has the potential to cause injuries to the eyes and face.
- Power Ranger Super Ninja Steel Superstar Blade– The “spring-loaded plastic blade” could “cause facial or other impact injuries.”
- Cabbage Patch Kids Dance Doll Time– The removable headband could be ingested by small children.
- Zoo Jamz Xylophone– Although the manufacturer says this toy is intended for children as young as one and half years old, the slender drumstick could “potentially be mouthed and occlude a child’s airway.”
- Nici Wonderland Doll: Miniclara the Ballerina– The tiny plush kittens this toy is sold with could potentially be ingested by small children even though the manufacturer says it is intended for children around the age of two.
- Stomp Rocket Ultra Rocket– This toy can cause serious eye and facial injuries.
- Cutting Fruit– The “knife can cause puncture wounds and other blunt trauma injuries.”
- Chien Á Promener Pull Along Dog- The string that pulls the dog measures to be about 19 inches long which can serve as a strangulation device.
Aside from avoiding purchasing toys that can threaten your child’s safety, you might also want to review some tips Nationwide Children’s Hospital provides how to best select the right type of toys for your kids. As much you may want to please them and give them everything they ask for, their health and safety should never be jeopardized for an item they want.
What should I do if my child suffered a personal injury from a toy I purchased for them?
Under certain circumstances, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the manufacturer of the toy given they didn’t provide a warning that would have informed you that your child could have suffered the injury they did. However, when a manufacturer does provide a warning that highlights the potential dangers that are associated with using the toy for its intended purpose, then it becomes much more difficult to file suit against them.
Now, the only way to determine whether you are permitted to take legal action against the company responsible for manufacturing the toy is by speaking with Madison, MS personal injury attorney William E. Ballard. Our office will review the evidence you provide us with and conduct an investigation to determine if the manufacturer was negligent in some way. Based on our findings, we can then determine if litigation is the right form of action to take.
If you would like to schedule an initial consultation with our office now to learn more about filing a personal injury lawsuit in Madison, MS, call us at 769-572-5111.
You can reach Ballard Law, PLLC. at:
108 S. President Street
Jackson, MS 39201