Consumer Safety Watchdog Warns Holiday Shoppers in the Nick of Time

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Playing with toys can be a dangerous business and each year thousands of children and adults are injured by defective or poorly manufactured toys. World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. is a private consumer watchdog that recently issued a warning about the year’s most dangerous toys for children.

The following are hazardous toys that should be destroyed or returned to the store to keep children safe from harm.

Hallmark “Itty Bitty’s”

The fabric bows and hats of these itty bitty toys can detach and pose a choking hazard to small children. Choking hazards are a leading cause of death for children under the age of four.

Mattel Wonder Woman Battle Action Sword

This sturdy toy has the ability to cause blunt force trauma. Impacts to the liver, spleen, or pancreas can cause serious, debilitating internal injuries to children that may not be readily apparent until the child becomes seriously ill.

Fidget Spinners

These viral toys are made by many different manufacturers. Many fidget spinners are poorly manufactured and parts can come off, presenting choking hazards. In some cases, the toys have also caused serious lacerations that required immediate medical attention.

NERF Zombie Strike

This NERF toy is more of a weapon than a plaything. The device uses considerable force to launch projectiles. These projectiles can cause facial injuries and damage to the eyes.

Razor Jetts Heel Wheels

Essentially roller skates, these shoe attachments can cause children to lose their balance and suffer a slip and fall injury that may lead to broken bones, lacerations or head injuries. Additionally, their “real sparking action” poses a risk for burn injuries.

Slackers Slackline

This toy is essentially a tightrope. It poses a serious risk of injuries including broken bones and lacerations in falls, as well as the potential for strangulation if a child becomes entangled in the line.

Liability for Dangerous Products

Toy manufacturers, distributors, and retail outlets have a duty of care that includes protecting children from dangerous and potentially harmful toys. This duty can be breached by poorly manufacturing toys, using substandard materials, failing to properly label the toy, or failing to recall toys with known defects that have caused injuries or wrongful death. When a child is injured by a faulty toy, product liability lawyers in Las Vegas can pursue product liability claims for medical expenses stemming from personal injuries as well as the pain and suffering the injuries cause.