Dangerous Children’s Toys
Written by Faith Anderson on November 20, 2012
Potentially Dangerous Children’s Products
No consumer product should pose a risk of serious injury or death, especially toys marketed to young children. They do exist though. Among the children’s products that raised concerns in the recent report were the following:
- Dollar-store balloons marketed to one-year-olds, despite the fact that experts recommended use of the balloons be restricted to children older than eight.
- Plastic play food sold at Walmart and Toys R Us stores that could pose a choking hazard.
- A Dora the Explorer guitar sold by Target that could pose a hearing risk with prolonged use.
- Small, powerful magnets that raised concerns about the risk of internal injuries if swallowed.
- One action figure that violated federal standards for the amount of lead products can safely contain.
- Numerous toys with small parts that weren’t properly labeled with warning notices.
If Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and Christmas is a time to give gifts, then Black Friday is a time to perfect your right cross. Every year, parents camp overnight outside of Walmarts, Targets, Best Buys and other stores, driving themselves crazy over the need to purchase that talking stuffed animal, new video game, or revamped Barbie doll. And what happens when the doors finally open at 3am? They either get trampled by the crowd, or they are one of the lucky few to get their hands on the hot toy, with little concern about whether or not it’s safe for their kid to play with.
Contact a Product Liability Lawyer for Help
It’s hard to believe, but there are actually products out there promoted by manufacturers as safe toys for kids, that may actually pose a serious health risk for children. In addition, there have been numerous recalls of products intended for use with young children – including car seats, safety seats, strollers and cribs – due to entrapment, suffocation, amputation and strangulation hazards. If your child suffered injuries or died while using a toy or children’s product, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can put you in touch with a qualified product liability attorney in your area. You may have grounds to file a product liability lawsuit against the maker of the product, in order to pursue financial compensation for your child’s injuries or death.