The W.A.T.C.H. Organization (World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc.) regularly monitors toys and their potentially hazardous conditions. They educate consumers about inferior products they could buy for their children, in turn quite possibly preventing toy-related accidents.
10 worst toys of 2016
The report attests, despite safety regulations, unsafe toys are still a problem. Poor manufacturing, inadequate design, and misleading marketing and advertising have led to serious injury – and worse – from a child playing with a toy.
The report urges parents to watch for signs that indicate a toy could be dangerous. This includes inadequate and inconsistent labeling. Research uncovered inappropriate age ranges and recommendations. W.A.T.C.H. believes manufacturers show no attempt to remove safety hazards that have been around for years. The report also looks at recalls and why there has to be a more exacting monitoring of the toy industry, as well as diligence by parents and caregivers.
What the report is seeing
Design & Manufacture – Poor quality toys continue to get into the hands of children, even after recalls. It is not unusual for parents to never hear about the recall of a toy already in their home. The industry continues to produce substandard merchandise through inappropriate practices and ineffective testing.
Warnings and Age Recommendations – W.A.T.C.H. says important information is regularly left off packaging. One of the items on the worst list is the “Kids Time Elephant.” It is a plush stuffed animal pillow and comes with no warning of possible suffocation with babies.
Awareness is critical, especially around this time of year when parents are looking for the best toy and manufacturers flood stores to meet demand without concern. Consumers cannot assume that a toy is safe simply because they recognize a brand name or the toy is of simple design. They should research toys, seeing what consumers are saying and if there are reports of defects, recalls or accidents involving the toy.
How product liability attorneys can help
Every three minutes, a child is brought into an emergency room for treatment of a toy-related injury. Between the four year period 2010-2014, over 60 children died because of a toy.
At Edelman, Krasin & Jaye PLLC, we want parents to take into account the repercussions buying a toy can have. We have seen first-hand what these incidences do to a family. We have also done whatever it takes to prove accountability, holding toy manufacturers responsible for their actions.
If your child suffered a toy-related injury, contact our product liability lawyers for a free case review.
Additional toy-related accident resources
- World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc.: 2016 “10 Worst Toy” List, http://toysafety.org/portfolio-items/toy-1-2016/
- Consumer Product Safety Commission: Toys, https://www.cpsc.gov/Research-Statistics/toys-children-products/toys