• By: Hank Stout
  • Published: December 2019

The holiday season is here and gift giving is in full effect. In December, children are looking for a specific toy on their wish list. We know toys bring a certain joy to our kids whether they are playing or learning. However, at times we do not consider the harm certain toys may cause.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that there were more than 251,000 toy-related injuries across the nation that required a visit to an emergency room in 2017. Approximately 44 percent of the injuries were to the head and face area; 34 percent of these incidents happening to children younger than 5 years old.

Parents should remain mindful of projectile toys with impact that can cause eye or face injuries. In addition, toys that encourage children to jump or ride without proper equipment may lead to potential head injuries. Purchasing online toys may not meet standard safety requirements. In the past two years, CPSC has announced 27 toy recalls due to hazards such as lead poisoning, lacerations, and strangulations.

Worst Toys of 2019

According to the World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.) has compiled their annual list of the ten most dangerous toys.

  1. Nerf Ultra One – The dart blaster shoots up to 120 feet and with enough force can cause eye injuries.
  2. Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog – Has 12 removable quills that can become a choking hazard.
  3. Bunchems Bunch’n Build – The toys stick together and may get caught in your child’s hair.
  4. Yeti – The loose fur can become a choking hazard.
  5. Nickelodeon Frozen Treats Slime – If ingested can cause serious harm.
  6. Anstoy Electronic Toy Gun – Marketed as a real gun.
  7. Diecast School Bus – The small rubber tires present as a choking hazard.
  8. Pogo Trick Board – Recommended to wear a helmet to protect from head injuries.
  9. Power Rangers Electronic Cheetah Claw – The toy can cause potential eye or facial injuries.
  10. Viga Pull Along Caterpillar – The long string presents as a choking hazard.

Tips for Toy Safety:

  • Demonstrate on how to use the toy safely.
  • Always supervise children while playing with toys to make sure that they are utilizing the toy safely.
  • Purchase toys that are appropriate for the child’s age and ability.
  • Avoid purchasing toys with sharp or dangerous edges, long strings or cords.
  • Toys with ASTM meet national safety standards.

Product Liability Attorneys

Toy-related injuries are preventable. It is imperative that parents remain proactive when purchasing toys and alert while their children are playing. Sutliff & Stout is experienced in representing those injured in Texas in cases involving product liability and defective products. Manufacturers have a responsibility to conduct safety test to meet national safety standards. If you or your child has experienced a toy-related injury contact us for a free and confidential consultation at (713) 987-7111 or email us at info@sutliffstout.com.

About the Author

Hank Stout is a founding partner at Sutliff & Stout, Injury & Accident Law Firm. Hank earned his doctor of jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law and has been actively trying personal injury cases for over ten years. He was recognized by Thompson Reuters as a Rising Star from 2012-2014 and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer since 2014 (a distinction given to less than 1% of the lawyers in the state of Texas). He has earned a Superb rating by Avvo, and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To learn more, read Hank's full bio here.

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