Preventing Child Injuries: A Sarasota Injury Attorney Discusses Recent Toy Recalls

Estimates put the number of toys and games sold in the United States at more than 3 billion annually. Parents often assume that toy manufacturers have taken adequate measures to ensure the safety of their products. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2010, hospital emergency departments treated an estimated 251,700toy-related injuries, and there were 17 toy-related deaths reported among children under age 15. Toy recalls occur all too often and can easily slip by parents. If a dangerous toy or other defective productkilled or seriously injured your child, an experienced Sarasota injury attorney will fight for the justice your family deserves.

Recently Recalled Toys

In just three months, from December to February, the CPSC reported six major toy recalls. Those recalls included:

  • high-powered magnet sets manufactured in China by Global Goler Co., Limited, and imported by Reiss Innovation LLC, of Manchester, Conn., due to risk of ingestion of two or more magnets. The magnets may clamp onto body tissues, causing intestinal obstructions, perforations, sepsis and even death (Dec. 10, 2012)
  • Water Balz, Growing Skulls, H2O Orbs “Despicable Me” and Fabulous Flower toys manufactured in China and the United States and imported by Dunecraft Inc., of Cleveland, Ohio, due to an ingestion hazard. The toy can expand in the body and cause a blockage in the small intestine, which requires surgery to remove and is potentially life threatening (Dec. 17, 2012)
  • Sassy brand and Carter’s brand Hug N’ Tug baby toys manufactured in China and imported by Sassy, Inc., of Kentwood, Mich., due to a choking risk if the beads inside the plastic center sphere are released (Dec. 20, 2012)
  • Magnet Balls manipulative high-powered magnet sets manufactured in China by SCS Direct Inc., of Stratford, Conn., due to the same risks associated with the magnet sets (Jan. 31, 2013)
  • Nanospheres high-powered magnetic desk toys manufactured in China by Kringles Toys and Gifts, of American Fork, Utah, due to the aforementioned magnet risks (Jan. 31, 2013)
  • Beamerzzz stuffed animals with LED flashlight manufactured in China by Purr-Fection by MJC, Inc., of Tualatin, Ore., due to a laceration risk associated with protruding flashlight wires (Feb. 13, 2013)

Even more recently, Toys R Us recalled thousands of Imaginarium Activity Walkers. The walkers pose a choking hazard if one of the small bolts or spacers attaching the front wheels to the walker comes off. When Toys R Us issued the recall on Mar. 13, 2013, the company had received five reports of detached front wheels, though no reports of injuries yet. Parents can find current toy recall information on the CPSC website.

If a defective toy has harmed your child, contact a qualified Sarasota injury lawyer today to discuss your case.

Categories: Children's Injuries