Toys are meant to be fun, but some can cause a variety of injuries due to poor design, manufacturing or manufacturing practices. A toy safety group has released its annual “Worst Toy List” of toys for 2016. Did your child receive one of these for Christmas or on another occasion last year?
- Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddles Family: While it may seem like fun to play Old MacDonald Had a Farm with this cute pig family, these figurines pose a choking hazard and the packaging does not carry an appropriate warning.
- Slimeball Slinger: Shooting these slimeballs may be fun, but it’s also dangerous. These projectiles can travel more than 30 feet. The force and distance increase the risk of eye injuries.
- Kids Time Baby Children’s Elephant Pillow: This plush pillow in the shape of an elephant may look safe. The fact is, it’s not. Because of suffocation hazards, promotion of pillows and similar items are not permitted by law for children under one year of age, and this pillow is marketed without age restrictions.
- Banzai Bump N’Bounce Body Bumpers: It’s the advertising on this toy that is misleading. Children are shown on the package bumping into each other without wearing any protective head gear. The recommendation for protective equipment is found only in the small print on the package. Who reads the fine print?
- The Warcraft-based Doomhammer carries the potential for blunt impact injuries from the rigid plastic hammer, but the packaging mentions only a risk of choking.
- The Good Dinosaur Galloping Butch: Children just love playing with dinosaur figurines, but this one has a very rigid tail that just may puncture a child’s face.
- Nerf Rival Apollo Xv-700 Blaster: The advertising on this toy package shows children wearing masks which cover the eyes and face. However, the masks are sold separately, leaving a potential for eye and face injury if they are not purchased for use with this plaything.
- Baby Magic Feed and Play Baby: Although this baby doll comes with a 2+ age recommendation, it comes with a spoon that is small enough to block a child’s airway. Even children over the age of two like to put things in their mouth, and this item could cause choking or be swallowed.
- Peppy Pups: The risk with this toy is strangulation. Although the toy industry’s standard requires strings on crib or playpen toys be less than 12 inches, this pull toy come with a cord that’s about 31 inches in length.
- Flying Heroes Superman Launcher: While it may be fun to watch Superman fly through the air, this toy may fly into a child’s face or eye.
It’s important to note that the organization which compiled this list considers these toys to be only the worst toys on the market, based on safety concerns due to omissions and inconsistent warnings. These are not the only toys which can cause harm to your children. Any toy that is dangerously designed or defectively made can cause a personal injury.
If your child has been hurt, or if you have any questions about this topic, you can find out more by discussing it with one of the attorneys at The Mann Law Firm. We have over 50 years of experience helping people, and we can help you. Based in Macon, we proudly serve communities throughout Georgia. Contact us by calling (478) 742-3381 or by filling out our online form.