Dangerous Toys for Children 2018

by Terry Bryant

Toys are designed to bring kids fun and entertainment, but, unfortunately, sometimes they bring danger instead. There were more than 174,000 toy-related emergency room visits and seven toy-related deaths in 2016, the most recent year for which national data is available, according to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) statistics.

With the holidays on the horizon and the latest toys on children’s wish lists, it’s important to know which playthings to avoid and why. The 2018 “10 Worst Toys” list from World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H., was released recently, just in time for the holiday buying season. W.A.T.C.H. is a non-profit group that advocates for toy safety.

Its list this year includes several toys that have the potential to cause eye, facial, and other puncture, blunt force, and impact injuries because they have sharp edges or propel objects at high speeds. They are:

  • Marvel Black Panther Slash Claw
  • Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel Superstar Blade
  • Nerf Vortex VTX Praxis Blaster
  • Stomp Rocket Ultra Rocket
  • Cutting Fruit.

The following toys made the list because they have small parts that can detach easily and cause ingestion and choking hazards or strangulation from long string:

  • Cabbage Patch Kids Dance Time Doll
  • Zoo Jamz Xylophone
  • Nici Wonderland Doll: Miniclara the Ballerina
  • Chien Á Promener Pull Along Dog
  • Nickelodeon Nella Princess Knight Pillow Pets Sleeptime Lights (This toy also includes a battery that may cause leakage hazards, according to the manufacturer’s packaging.)

Think Toy Safety

It’s important to note that the toys listed above are not the only dangerous toys on the market. Instead, they are representative of some of the safety hazards found in some toys. As highlighted by these toys, some features that commonly cause injuries are small parts, which are choking hazards for young children; sharp objects that can cause lacerations and injure eyes; and projectile toys that shoot into the air.

Parents can help ensure toy safety by paying attention to age recommendations. Select toys that are age appropriate and suit a child’s abilities. Don’t give toys with small parts to young children. Read manufacturer warning labels about possible hazards and look for the ASTM designation on product packaging. This designation means that the toy has met national safety standards from the American Society for Testing and Materials. Also, be sure children understand how a toy works and supervise toy use when necessary.

Additionally, parents can check for toy recalls at the CPSC website, which features an extensive list of recalled products, including toys.

The holidays should be a joyous time – a time for celebrating with family and friends. Not a time for frightening trips to the emergency room. By paying attention to the hazards some toys can pose, children can stay happy and safe throughout the holiday season and beyond.

However, if your child has had the unfortunate experience of being injured because of a dangerous or defective toy or other product, the experienced Houston product liability attorneys at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law are here to help. Call us at 1 (800) 444-5000 or contact us through our online form.