As parents there’s no better holiday gift than seeing the joy on your child’s face as she tears through the gift wrapping to discover a toy that has desperately requested. Given the well-publicized problems with some children’s toys in the past, many of us simply assume that toy manufacturers have taken it upon themselves to make safe products for our children.
Indeed, while significant strides have been made with respect to the safety of children’s toys in general, the threat of injury or death due to inherently dangerous children’s products continues to be a real safety problem.
Below is a list of toy recalls issued from January 2011 to October 2011 by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)– the consumer agency responsible for tracking information related to defective and dangerous toys.
Before you rush out to the store to purchase a holiday gift for your child, I suggest that you review this list of popular toys that have been recently recalled. As with many product recalls, there frequently is a delay in getting the products removed from store shelves and many recalled products linger— thereby posing a risk of harm to children long after the official recall was issued.
The clear plastic antenna can break off, posing a choking hazard to young children. This toy was sold by Discovery Toys Educational Consultants nationwide from September 2010 through November 2010.
The baby rattle’s beads can come off when the rattle is twisted or pulled forcefully, posing a choking hazard to young children. The rattles were sold at specialty chil- dren’s stores nationwide from November 2010 through December 2010.
The tank’s controller can overheat and melt, posing a burn hazard to consumers. This toy was sold at Family Dollar stores nationwide from September 2010 through Decem- ber 2010.
The plastic balls on the butterfly’s wings can break, caus- ing small metal balls inside to come free. These metal balls pose choking and aspiration hazards to young children. This toy was sold at flea markets in North Carolina and South Carolina from May 2010 through October 2010.
The front ski can crack or break, causing the snow bike to stop suddenly and posing a fall hazard to consumers. The snow bikes were sold at Costco, sporting goods stores and other retailers nationwide and online at Amazon.com and Walmart.com from September 2010 through January 2011.
Wooden pegs on the xylophone activity can come loose, posing a choking hazard to young children. The activity center was sold by specialty and gift stores nationwide and through mail order catalogs, online, and in Canada from December 2010 through February 2011.
- Fun World Little Pet Vet and Dr. Littles Halloween Costumes with Toy Stethoscopes Recalled on March 9, 2011
The costumes are sold with a toy stethoscope accessory. The plastic ear pieces at the end of the stethoscope can be pulled off, posing a choking hazard to young children. The recall is limited to the stethoscope accessory from Fun World’s toddler-sized Pet Vet and Dr. Littles costumes. The costumes were sold at novelty stores, costume stores and party supply stores nationwide from August 2010 through October 2010.
The knobs attached to the puzzle fruits can come loose, posing a choking hazard to young children. The puzzle was sold at specialty children’s stores nationwide from November 2010 through February 2011.
The bottom of the pogo stick’s frame tube can break or come apart and a pin holding the spring in place can break, posing laceration and fall hazards to consumers. The toy was sold at mass merchandisers nationwide and online by Web retailers from May 2010 through March 2011.
The hard plastic C-links on both ends of the rattles’ soft plastic chain can break, posing a choking hazard to young children. The rattles were sold at Toys R Us and other specialty toy stores nationwide from April 2010 through December 2010.
The plastic beads on the activity truck’s bead runs can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. The toy was sold at Babies R Us, Toys R Us, Meijer, TJ Maxx, Marshalls and other toy stores nationwide from September 2009 through February 2011.
The pom-poms attached to the wrist rattles and booties can detach, posing a choking hazard. The firm has received one report of a pom-pom detaching from the wrist rattle. No injuries have been reported. They have been sold in gift stores, drug stores, décor outlets and variety stores nationwide from June 2009 through March 2011.
The plastic castle display and the princess figures protrud- ing from the top of the handlebar pose a laceration hazard if a child falls on it. The product was sold at Target, JC Penney, Meijer and H.E.B. stores nationwide and on the Web at www.target.com from January 2009 through April 2011.
A child’s finger can get caught in the hinge mechanism between the steering column and the platform, posing a laceration hazard. The CPSC and Kiddieland have re- ceived two reports of children whose fingers got caught in the hinge mechanism and required stitches. The products were sold at Toys R Us and JC Penney from January 2009 through February 2011.
The red paint used on some bowling pins has been mea- sured to be in excess of the maximum allowable federal lead paint standard (a level of 90 ppm). The toy was sold at Walmart stores in the U.S. between September 1, 2010 and September 25, 2010.
The battery housing under the helicopter canopy can over- heat while charging, posing a fire hazard. The product was sold at toy, hobby and other stores, including mall kiosks, nationwide and online at www.ujtoys.com from April 2010 through April 2011.
The main blade grips and main rotor blades can release from the main rotor head, posing an impact and laceration hazard. Horizon Hobby has received 312 reports of the ro- tor blade releasing from the rotor head including 34 reports of a blade striking a user and 12 laceration injuries. The toys were sold nationwide during March 2011.
The shaker’s handle can detach, exposing a rough edge and posing a laceration hazard. The detached handle also exposes small steel pellets and a plastic plug, which pose choking hazards. The company received one report from a consumer that the handles on two shakers detached. No injuries have been reported. The shakers were sold in mail-order catalogs, Websites and retail stores nationwide between August 2010 and March 2011.
The plastic blades can detach during operation, posing a laceration hazard. The products were sold exclusively at Rite Aid Corporation stores nationwide from January 2011 through May 2011.
The orange grip tape on the handle contains high levels of lead. They were sold online at www.gammasports.com, www.atssports.com, and www.holabirdsports.com from December 2010 through March 2011.
Some gloves were found to contain a variety of molds that could cause respiratory or other infections in individuals with chronic health problems, or in individuals who have impaired immune systems. The products were sold at Wal- mart and Target stores nationwide from April 2010 through May 2011.
The plastic knobs can break from the center of the stars, posing a choking hazard to young children. The CPSC and Edushape have received two reports of the knobs breaking off from the center of the stars. No injuries have been reported. The toys were sold at small retail stores na- tionwide, online at Toys R Us, Amazon.com and CSN on walmart.com from January 2007 through December 2009.
The back of the wagon’s plastic handle has a molded-in reinforcement. The design adds stiffness and facilitates children gripping the handle. The handle poses a lacera- tion hazard if a child falls on it. The CPSC and Fisher- Price are aware of seven reports of injuries, including five reports of children requiring surgical glue or stitches. The products were sold at mass merchandise retail stores na- tionwide from June 2009 through July 2011.
The bottom rubber tip attached to the pogo stick frame can wear out prematurely, posing a fall hazard. The end caps on the handlebars can come off, exposing sharp edges and posing a laceration risk. Bravo and the CPSC have re- ceived 82 reports of the bottom tip wearing out, including five reports of injuries. The products were sold at Burling- ton Coat Factory, Kmart, Kohls.com, Target and Toys R Us from February 2009 through June 2011.
The metal toy keys and the plastic key ring can break, posing a choking hazard. No injuries have been reported. The CPSC and Battat have received 17 reports of keys breaking and 14 reports of key rings breaking. They were sold from April 2010 to May 2011 at retailers nationwide and online for B. FunKeys and from January 2006 to De- cember 2009 for Parents Magazine.
The riding toy can tip over during use, posing a fall haz- ard to young children. The firm received reports of 10 incidents with six injuries, including three where teeth were loosened or removed, and three with chin lacerations requiring stitches. The products were sold at Walmart and other retailers and online at Amazon.com and Target.com from August 2010 through August 2011.
The toy’s U-shaped parts can break, posing a choking hazard. The toys were sold at baby and gift and specialty stores nationwide and online at manhattantoy.com from March 2011 through July 2011.
The recall involves soft dolls sold under the names Audrey, Chloe and Sophie. The hair on the Chloe and Sophie dolls may contain loops that are long enough to fit around a child’s head and neck, and the headband on the Audrey doll, if loosened, can form a loop that fits around a child’s head and neck. These loops can pose a strangulation haz- ard. The firm received five reports of dolls with looped hair, including one report in which a loop of the Chloe doll’s hair was found around the neck of a 21-month-old child. The child was not injured. The dolls were sold exclusively at Pottery Barn Kids nationwide, online at www.potterybarnkids.com and through Pottery Barn Kids catalogs from July 2006 to April 2011.
The recalled workshop and tool sets have oversized, plastic toy nails that can pose a choking hazard to young chil- dren. The firm has reported two additional incidents of children who choked when toy nails became lodged in their throats. Each child was treated at a hospital and made a full recovery. They were sold at mass merchandise retailers nationwide between 1990 and 2004.
Surface paint on the toy cars contains excessive lead levels in violation of the federal lead paint standard. The toys were sold at Mega Wholesale stores throughout Miami, Florida, from September 2010 through January 2011.
Small pegs on the xylophone toy can loosen and detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. The products were sold at music and toy stores nationwide and on the Internet from September 2006 to October 2010.
The steel frame of the tent can break, producing sharp wire ends that can protrude through the tent fabric, posing a laceration or puncture hazard. Three incidents have been reported, including one injury. No incidents were reported in the U.S. or Canada. The products were sold at IKEA stores nationwide from August 2011 through September 2011.
The small pegs on three of the four posts can detach, pos- ing a choking hazard. The products were sold at specialty toy stores and gift shops nationwide, through catalogs and online from September 2009 through November 2010.
The plush frog masks lack proper ventilation. When secured in place across a child’s face, it presents a suffocation hazard to the child. The masks were sold at Target stores nationwide from August 2011 through September 2011.
Child Toy Injuries
If your child has suffered an injury due to a recalled or dangerous toy, you may have legal rights to pursue a claim for damages against various parties including: the toy manufacturer, toy distributor or toy retailer. As advocates for injured children, our office is regularly involved in product liability cases involves children’s products. We invite you to speak to our team for a free consultation regarding your legal rights today.
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