What was your favorite childhood Christmas gift? You probably have several leading candidates, whether it was a Cabbage Patch Doll, an Easy-Bake Oven or a Super Nintendo. As parents and grandparents, we hope that the gifts we give our children this Christmas light up their eyes with joy and instill the same excitement we had when we were kids.
To pick the perfect gift, parents often do their homework when selecting their children’s presents – and they should. As it turns out, some toys are much more likely than others to cause serious injuries, with hazards ranging from choking to eye injuries. The availability of dangerous toys in the marketplace is not a new phenomenon, nor is it strictly a thing of the past.
Over the past few decades, several toys have been deemed unsafe because of the injuries they caused to children. Lawn darts, which were banned in the United States throughout most of the 1970s, were eventually sold the following decade, predictably causing thousands of serious injuries over the next few years. In 2007, the CSI: Fingerprint Examination and Investigation Forensics Lab Kits, based on the popular television show, were sold to children for several weeks until they were recalled because they contained tremolite, one of the most hazardous forms of asbestos.
These examples are alarming because they signal that manufacturers are comfortable releasing toys that pose great risks to children. Even more alarming is the fact that this is still a serious problem for consumers.
10 Toys to Avoid This Holiday Season
World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc., a Massachusetts non-profit corporation, has issued a list of 10 toys that pose a threat to children in 2016. Here are their top ten “worst toys” for 2016:
- Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddles Family (choking hazards)
- Kids Time Baby Children’s Elephant Pillow (suffocation hazards)
- Slimeball Slinger (eye injury hazards)
- Banzai Bump N’ Bounce Body Bumpers (impact injury hazards)
- Nerf Rival Apollo XV-700 Blaster (eye injury hazards)
- The Good Dinosaur Galloping Butch (puncture wound hazards)
- Peppy Pups (strangulation hazards)
- Flying Heroes Superman Launcher (eye and facial injury hazards)
- Baby Magic Feed and Play Baby (ingestion injury hazards)
- Warcraft Doomhammer (blunt impact injury hazards)
In some cases, these toys are inadequately labeled and fail to inform children and parents of the potential hazards they present. In most cases, the product’s design is to blame. Sadly, it is only after children suffer serious injuries that steps are taken by regulators, safety advocates or manufacturers to prevent the selling of these dangerous products.
In a perfect world, parents would shop for gifts knowing that anything they purchase at a toy store would be safe for their kids. Unfortunately, this is not the world we live in. If you are doing holiday shopping for your children, research the toys you plan on buying, and always make sure you look for toys that are age-appropriate.
If you believe that a defective or wrongly labeled toy has caused your children harm, call Guajardo & Marks to learn more about how we can help you.