Maryland Product Liability Lawyers: 2015 Most Dangerous ToysDecember 8, 2015
The consumer advocacy group World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH) has released its list of the most dangerous toys for sale this holiday season. The toys can be found on the shelves of major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Toys R Us and Kmart. They are also sold online at sites such as Amazon and eBay. The list includes:
“Bud” Skipit’s Wheely Cute Pull Along by Bunnies By The Bay – Potential for choking injuries
Foam dart gun by GD.Jiefeng Toys – Realistic toy weapon
Stats’ 38″ quick-folding trampoline by Toys R Us, Inc – Potential for head, neck and other injuries
- Poo-Dough by Skyrocket Toys – Potential for allergy-related injuries (contains wheat)
- Splat X Smack Shot by Imperial Toy – Potential for eye injuries
- Kick Flipper by Playsmart – Potential for head and other bodily injuries
- Leonardo’s Electronic Stealth Sword by Playmates International Company – Potential for blunt force injuries
- Kid Connection doctor play set by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. – Potential for ingestion and choking injuries
- Pull Along Zebra by Early Learning Centre – Potential for strangulation and entanglement injuries
- Jurassic World velociraptor claws by Hasbro – Potential for eye and facial injuries
Though not on this list, another hot item making headlines for its injury potential is the hoverboard. Inspired by the 1980s movie Back to the Future Part II, hoverboards are type of self-balancing scooter that give riders the sense of hovering above the ground. However, for all the fun these devices provide, they can present a serious risk of injury. There have been at least eight reports of emergency room visits caused by hoverboard accidents just in the past three months, including one woman who severely tore ligaments in her ankle while attempting to step off one. Perhaps more disturbing, there have also been several reports of newly purchased hoverboards catching fire or exploding. Recently in Louisiana, an exploding hoverboard caused a fire that destroyed a family’s home. That family is planning to sue the toy’s manufacturer.
While consumer watchdog groups like the Consumer Product Safety Commission and WATCH can be a good resource for parents to get the latest information on potentially dangerous gifts, it is also important for parents to be cautious when buying toys online or secondhand. All toys should be purchased in their original packaging and come with instructions for use as well as list what ages they are appropriate for. If an incident occurs where a child is hurt by a toy they were playing with, parents should immediately take that toy away and contact a reputable Maryland product liability lawyer to discuss the next possible course of action.
Maryland Product Liability Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Are Committed to Protecting Children from Dangerous Toys
If your child has been injured by a defective or dangerous product, we can help. At LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, our Baltimore product liability lawyers work hard to obtain maximum compensation for victims of manufacturers’ negligence. Our goal is to send a message to companies that unsafe products will not be tolerated. Call 800-547-4LAW (4529) today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced and highly skilled Maryland personal injury lawyers or contact us online. A qualified member of our legal team is standing by to take your call 24 hours a day.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie and Towson, allowing us to represent victims of defective product injuries and their families throughout Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Parkville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood and Elkridge.