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    Make Sure None of these Dangerous Children’s Toys Are On Your List This Year

    Defective Children’s Toys

    The holidays are upon us, and whether you are purchasing toys for a toddler or a teen, your goal is to make sure that they are not only happy, but also that they are safe. Unfortunately, the world’s toy manufacturers often focus more on what will make a child ask their parent to spend money on it then on whether their product’s design or manufacturing process has been safe. When this happens it is a form of negligence that is known as product liability, and it can lead to serious injury and even death. At the law firm of Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr, LLC, we want your holidays to be happy and your children to stay healthy. Make sure none of these dangerous children’s toys are on your list this year.

    When a toy is considered unsafe, the Consumer Products Safety Commission issues a recall, but sometimes parents have purchased the items before they were pulled from the shelves, and many are still available online despite the recall. In fact, according to Emma Broward of the California Public Interest Research Group, 16 of the last 44 recalled toys were still available online as of Black Friday.  Toys are recalled as a result of a number of different dangers, including risk of choking, fire hazards, sharp edges or cracks causing a risk of lacerations, and exposure to toxic components like lead, or chemicals that make plastic stronger and more flexible. This year the toys that you need to look out for include:

    • The Tough Treadz Auto Carrier available at Family Dollar Stores due to risk of laceration from sharp edges on die-cast metal cars
    • Airplane and butterfly push toys from LS Import Inc. of Houston, TX due to wheels of the plane and balls at the tip of the butterfly’s antenna being detachable and posing a choking hazard
    • 2014 MBX50 and Tiny Trail Bicycles due to handlebars that can loosen or separate during use
    • Wheelies semi-truck with six motorcycles and push-along motorcycle with rider due to high levels of lead
    • Police Press and Go Toy Vehicles due to hat that can detach and pose a choking hazard
    • Bud and Skipit Wheely Cute Pull Toys due to hub caps that can break off of wheels and pose a choking hazard
    • Little Digger Toy due to red paint on toy frame containing excessive levels of lead
    • My Snuggly Ellie Activity Tys due to wooden ring breaking and posing a choking hazard
    • MZB Children’s “light up” Watches due to case back of watch detaching and posing a risk of skin irritation, redness, rashes and chemical burns from exposure of the interior to water

    The holidays are a magical time for children, and nobody wants a child to get hurt by a defective toy. If your child is injured, the attorneys at Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr, LLC are able to help. Contact us for more information.

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