Keeping children safe and protected from hazards is a top priority for parents. Unfortunately, many toys on the market pose a danger to children. As a result, every three minutes in the U.S., a child is brought to an emergency room with a toy-related injury. Regardless of the severity of the risk they pose–from minor to serious injury or even death–it is unacceptable that dangerous toys are being sold and marketed to children. Playtime should be a safe time for all children. Luckily, there is a non-profit that is solely focused on keeping children safe and educating the public about toy safety. W.A.T.C.H., World Against Toys Causing Harm Inc., releases a yearly list of the most dangerous toys. The toys included on the list this year may pose a choking hazard or cause lacerations, impact injuries, eye injuries, or other injuries, so it is best to avoid them. Below you will find the ten toys that made the list and why W.A.T.C.H. considers them unsafe:
- Calico Critters Nursery Friends from Epoch Co. This toy poses a choking hazard due to its small parts.
- Missile Launcher from Toysmith. This toy can cause eye and facial injuries.
- Marvel Avengers Vibranium Power FX Claw from Hasbro. This toy has the potential for eye and facial injuries.
- Gloria Owl from Jellycat Ltd. This toy poses a risk of ingestion and aspiration injuries.
- WWE Jumbo Superstar Fists from Jakks Pacific, Inc. This toy has the potential for impact and blunt force injuries.
- Scientific Explorer Sci-Fi Slime from Alex Brands-Scientific Explorer. This toy can cause chemical-related injuries.
- Boomerang Interactive Stunt UFO from Amax Group. This toy can cause lacerations and other propeller-related injuries.
- Boom City Racers from Moose Toys LLC. This toy can cause eye and facial injuries.
- My Sweet Love Lots to Love Babies Minis from JC Toys Group, Inc. and Walmart Inc. This toy poses a choking hazard due to its small parts.
- Star Wars Mandalorian Darksaber from Hasbro and Disney. This toy can cause eye and blunt force injuries.
If you or someone you know has purchased one of these toys for a child, stop using it immediately. One toy isn’t worth the potential risk of harm to your child. And make sure playtime is safe by following these simple guidelines. Always encourage safe or supervised play, only buy toys from brands you trust, and ensure that toys are age-appropriate for your child. If your child has been injured by an unsafe toy, please call the defective product attorneys at The Collins Law Firm at (630) 527-1595 for a FREE consultation or fill out our contact form here. Our experienced personal injury lawyers can help you determine if you have a legal claim.