The holiday season is upon us, which means shoppers will be out in droves looking for gifts for their nearest and dearest. If you are fortunate enough to have little ones in the house, giving toys for your child to enjoy can be one of the best parts of the holidays; however, all toys are not created equal, and some may cause unintended injury to your child.
The U.S. Public Interest Research Group has issued its 26th annual Trouble in Toyland report, which lists the toys that may present a hazard to young children and helps parents choose safe gifts for their kids this holiday season. The leading dangers include toys with small pieces that children may choke on, toys that violate new lead and phthalate limits, and ones that may cause hearing damage with noise volumes that exceed the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders’ recommended safety standards.
The following is a list of toys determined to be potentially dangerous:
- Toys with Choking Hazards: Sesame Street Oscar Doll (Sesame Workshop); wooden blocks set (ToySmith); Orange Bear (4M2U); Play ball x2 (Squishland); green rubber grape (iwako); and HABA fruit in a bag (HABA).
- Toys with Noise Hazards: Elmo’s World Talking Cell Phone (Fisher Price); Victorious Stereo Headphones (Nickelodeon); Hotwheels’ Super Stunt RAT BOMB (Hotwheels).
- Toys with Potentially Dangerous Levels of Lead or Other Toxic Chemicals: Little Hands Love Book (Piggy Toes Press); Hello Kitty eyeshadow/keychain (Hello Kitty); Sleep Mask (Claire’s); Tinkerbell Watch (Disney Fairies); Whirly Wheel (LL); and Funny Glasses (Joking Around).
The Trouble in Toyland report is an excellent starting off point for anyone buying gifts for children this year, but it is certainly not all inclusive. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a number of child product recalls; in 2010, more than 200,000 toy units for violations of lead standards and more than 3.5 million for potential choking hazards, so shoppers are encouraged to do their research before buying toys.
However, if your child has already been injured due to a defective or unsafe product, the product liability lawyers in Waldorf at the law firm of Alpert Schreyer can help you seek compensation for his or her injuries and hold negligent manufacturers legally accountable. Please call (844) 632-7274 for a no-cost consultation and to see how our law team can help you.