These Are the Most Dangerous Toys of 2016
With the holidays right around the corner, the children in your life probably have a working wish list complete with their most-wanted presents—and it likely includes some of this year's hottest toys.
Unfortunately, while some toys provide hours of fun, others can be defective, and sometimes downright dangerous.
Thousands of Children Injured by Toys Each Year
Consider these statistics:
- Since January, 19 toys have been recalled because of potential safety hazards—recalls that involved more than 800 children and 800,000 units of toys.
- From 1990 to 2011 there was a 40 percent increase in toy-related injuries.
- Between 2010 and 2014, 61 children died from injuries suffered because of defective toys.
- In 2014 alone, there were more than a quarter million toy-related injuries.
Common Toy Dangers
Those numbers have the nonprofit World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH) sounding the alarm again this year to urge parents to beware of the year's most dangerous toys specifically, and the most common toy dangers generally.
Before purchasing a toy, you should be sure to watch for some of these common dangers:
- Small parts and strings. They can become choking hazards.
- Projectiles. Toys that launch or shoot can potentially cause eye injuries.
- Toxic substances. They can be ingestion hazards.
- Incomplete or inaccurate warnings. Some toys may not include any safety recommendations or warnings.
Some of This Year's Most Dangerous Toys
Being vigilant is especially important during the holiday season, when the multi-billion dollar U.S. toy industry makes 65 percent of its sales. If you're still contemplating some last-minute gifts, WATCH has said to steer clear of these toys:
Dangerous Toy #1: Peppa Pig's Muddy Puddle Family
This toy, available at Target and through Amazon.com, includes a set of four figurines. WATCH said the small parts present a choking hazard, and there is inaccurate warning information, too. While some packages indicate the toy is safe for children 2 and older, other packages indicate it is safe for children 3 and older.
Dangerous Toy #2: Kids Time Baby Elephant Pillow
This plush pillow is sold through Amazon.com and marketed to infants and small children—and can be a potential suffocation hazard. While there is no warning label on the product, the online product description indicates that "for use with infants, it should be under adult supervision."
Dangerous Toy #3: Slimeball Slinger
Available at Toys"R"Us and Amazon.com, this toy is similar to a slingshot, and the product promises it can shoot "slimeballs" more than 30 feet in the air, which can potentially cause eye injuries.
Dangerous Toy #4: Banzai Bump N' Bounce Body Bumpers
The packages for these toys—sold at Walmart, Amazon.com, Ebay.com and Sears.com—show children in the suits running into each other. However, this can allegedly cause impact injuries. The safety issue? The warning label indicates the toy is safe for children as young as 4 as long as they wear protective equipment—equipment that does not come with the Body Bumper.
Dangerous Toy #5: Nerf Rival
Hasbro's Nerf Rival toy "blaster" is available at Walmart.com, Target.com, Amazon.com and Kmart.com, and includes no warning label. However, the provided ammunition can potentially cause eye injuries. While the product packaging shows children wearing protective masks while playing with the Nerf Rival, you must purchase it separately.
The personal injury attorneys at Edgar Snyder & Associates wish you a safe, happy holiday season—one that is untouched by defective products. But if the last 30 years representing people injured people, it's that accidents happen, even when you've taken every precaution.
If your child is injured by a toy or other defective product this year, you will probably have a lot of important questions. We are available 24-7—let us help. Call us today for a free case review.