The Most Dangerous Toys of 2008

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Any injury due to a fault product is bad enough, but an injury that happens to a child due to a faulty toy is one of the most heartbreaking scenarios that we can imagine.

There is a non-profit organization called WATCH (World Against Toys Causing Harm) that has dedicated itself to both making sure that toys are as safe as possible, and also that those who manufacture or market dangerous toys are held accountable. Every year they release a list of the ten most dangerous toys that were for sale, and we would urge every responsible parent to not only avoid these toys, but also to inform your friends and neighbors with children about them as well.

What follows is a brief description of some of the more dangerous toys on the list.

The Animal Alley Purse Set: This is a colorful and soft stuffed animal, which sells for a little under five dollars. The problem is that it has long, colorful fiber that easily detaches. This is a toy that is marketed to infants and toddlers, and considering how much they like to put things in their mouths, there is a real danger of a child choking on these long fibers.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Battle Gear: Michelangelo: This is a pack of martial arts toys that are made of plastic, which would seem harmless, but the signature toy in this pack is a pair of plastic nunchuks that actually work. Real nunchuks are two heavy clubs connected by a chain. The fact that these nunchucks are actually made of plastic might lessen an impact, but it doesn’t change the fact that these toys encourage children to hit one another.

Pucci Puppies: This is another situation where the oral fixation of children can be very dangerous. This stuffed animal comes with its very own miniature chew toy and miniature bone that could very easily pose a choking hazard to the very toddlers that it is marketed to.

Giga Ball: This is a giant inflatable ball that encourages it’s users to bounce on it and off of it. We can’t help but notice that encouraging small children to bounce up and down on anything is a very good way for them to get hurt. Most parents don’t even let their children jump on the bed. The obvious danger here is injury through surface impact.

The Sportsman Shotgun: Who in their right mind would market a realistic looking shotgun that launches hard rubber bullets as a toy? Police departments use something similar for riot control. This product has no business being called a toy and it has no business being sold to children. The possible dangers are numerous; there is the danger to the eyes of others, and there is also the fact that this looks like a very realistic shotgun.

Extreme Spiral Copters: These are projectiles that actually hover about the room with no fixed direction. The potential for eye injuries here is tremendous.

Go Go Minis Pullback Vehicle: Toy manufacturers don’t seem to understand that choking is a real hazard. Year after year, toys are made for and marketed to toddlers that have small and detachable parts. That is exactly the problem with this particular toy. The rear wheels on these toy cars come off very easily, and could become a real choking hazard.

It is unconscionable to release a toy for children without making sure that every available danger to the children has been removed. Some of the toys on this list, such as the purse set, the stuffed animals or the toy cars, can be easily fixed. But the shotgun, nunchuks and copters should not even be allowed to be sold.

Faulty products are a very serious matter, and poor ideas, poor design or poor manufacturing should not be allowed to cause injuries.

If you or a loved one in the Washington, D.C. area has been injured due to a faulty product, contact Lewis and Tompkins for a free legal consultation today.

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