Are You Purchasing Dangerous Toys for Your Children?
With the holidays right around the corner, many parents and relatives are hoping to find the perfect toys for their children, grandchildren, nieces, etc. There are many new and exciting toys on the market to choose from that may seem safe at first sight, but you may unknowingly be purchasing toys that could be harmful.
With so many seemingly safe toys with safety hazards, how can you better identify dangerous toys and keep your loved ones safe?
Attorney Mike White of Floyd Hunter Injury Law recently appeared on ABC 32 with host Andrew James to discuss this year’s most dangerous toys, and share important tips to help shoppers pick out safer toys.
Mike explained that WATCH, (World Against Toys Causing Harm), is a non-profit organization dedicated to informing the public about dangerous toys and keeping children safe. Toy safety is a serious issue as according to WATCH, every three minutes a child is sent to the emergency room to treat injuries from toys.
Each year around the holidays, the organization releases the 10 Most Dangerous Toys list. Mike spoke with Andrew about a few of the dangerous toys on this list. Let’s check them out.
The VTech Zoo Jamz Xylophone – Recommended for Children 1 ½ – 4 Years Old
This seems like a fun and exciting gift that light ups and plays music, and is shaped like a caterpillar. However, the 9-inch drumstick handle which children use to play the xylophone could be a choking hazard, and could hurt a child’s eyes if handled incorrectly. There are no warnings on the package about this drumstick.
Stomp Rocket Ultra Rocket – Recommended for Children 6 and Up
What child doesn’t want to launch a rocket up in the air? For this popular toy, children stomp on a pump that propels the rocket up to 100 feet in the air. If standing over the rocket when it is launched, children risk face and eye injuries. The toy includes warnings about these injuries and advises to clear the launch area before stomping.
Kid O Toys Cutting Fruit – Recommended for Children 2 and Up
This toy may seem harmless, as it includes colorful, magnetic fruit that children can play kitchen with and pretend to slice. However, the set comes with a hard, plastic “knife” that could cause puncture wounds, or other blunt trauma injuries.
Marvel Black Panther Slash Claw – Recommended for Children 5 and Up
With the popularity of the blockbuster movie, many children would be excited to receive this slash claw for the holidays. Yet, although the packaging advises against swinging at or hitting people, the rigid plastic claws are retractable, and pose risks for eye and facial injuries.
How can parents be sure that children are safe playing with their toys? Mike discussed a few important suggestions:
- Watch your children when playing with toys to make sure they are using them correctly and safely
- Do not let younger children play with toys intended for older children
- Pay attention to toy advisories and age recommendations
- Don’t assume everything is marked accurately – use your judgment if you think a toy is too dangerous for your child’s age
For more information, please visit WATCH’s website to read the comprehensive list of toy hazards to avoid.
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