It’s that time of year when parents head to the stores (or more likely in 2020, go online) to find and purchase the toys their children want this holiday season. It’s also the time of year when safety groups release their annual “most dangerous toys” lists as a reminder to parents to research an item’s potential hazards before clicking the “buy now” button.
About 240,000 children are treated at hospital emergency rooms for toy-related injuries each year in the U.S. Toy hazards come in many forms, from those made with small fibers a young child might ingest to those that encourage aggressive play that could lead to impact injuries. Those hazards and more made it on the “10 Worst Toys” list for 2020 from advocacy group World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H.).
W.A.T.C.H. refers to this list as “a hands-on tool for consumers” that “raises awareness of the different types of potential hazards to avoid while toy shopping.” The organization also blatantly states that the following toys “should not be in the hands of children” because they present unnecessary hazards for injury and even death.
Those toys include:
It’s important to remember that while these 10 toys may be getting all the headlines this year, they are not the only potentially dangerous ones available for the 2020 holiday season.
Clifford Law Offices encourages parents to carefully research toys before purchasing them. In 2020, more people than ever are shopping online because of the COVID-19 pandemic, so it is vital to conduct proper research. The online world is teeming with counterfeit toys, not to mention an endless supply of false advertising claims and items for sale made from low-quality materials. To avoid such traps, only purchase from reputable retailers and brands.
Clifford Law Offices takes the safety of children very seriously. If your child is the victim of an injury from a defective or unsafe toy, please reach out to us today or call 312-899-9090. We are here to help you.