In 2017, there were an estimated 251,700 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments.
With the holidays now upon us, attorney John Gore of Caddell Reynolds visited the set of Good Day NWA to discuss dangerous toys that could potentially harm younger children and infants. A video clip of his appearance is available below.
This Year’s Most Dangerous Toys
World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about dangerous children’s products and protecting children from harm. W.A.T.C.H. informs the public about the dangers present in many toys, children’s products, and recreational activities. They publish a “Worst Toy” list each year around the holidays highlighting dangerous and unsafe toys.
Below are some toys on this year’s W.A.T.C.H list:
Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog: Aimed at children 18 months and over, this toy is dangerous because there are removable “quills” that can be a choking hazard for younger children. These quills are approximately 3 inches long and have a potential for ingestion.
Nickelodeon Frozen Treats Slime: This slime has a variety of “flavor” names but has “Harmful chemicals” warning on box, as well as a warning that states “DO NOT EAT.” This has a potential for chemical ingestion & irritation injuries
Pogo Trick Board: Children are encouraged by photos on packaging to attempt tricks and stunts on board but this poses a risk for head, neck and other serious injuries.
Below are some tips for buying toys this holiday season:
- Read the label. Warning labels give important information about how to use a toy and what ages the toy is safe for.
- Make sure all toys and parts are larger than your child’s mouth to prevent choking.
- Avoid toys that shoot objects into the air. They can cause serious eye injuries or choking.
- Look for stuffed toys that are well made. Make sure all the parts are on tight and seams and edges are secure. It should also be machine washable. Take off any loose ribbons or strings to avoid strangulation. Avoid toys that have small bean-like pellets or stuffing that can cause choking or suffocation if swallowed.
We Can Help
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by a defective or dangerous product, call Caddell Reynolds for help at 800-671-4100. When you call, you’ll speak with one of our top Arkansas product liability attorneys absolutely FREE.