Monday, April 1, 2013

Toy Recalls: Some of the Worst Ever

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Things really do change a lot, especially in terms of appearance. Such can be said on toys, and rightfully so. Toys before were manufactured in such a way that it is possible for any kid to get injured. Apparently, decades ago, safety standards for these products were considerably lower or none at all. In fact many toy products have been outlawed because of reports of injuries.

But then again, some manufacturers in the toy industry still create products that could endanger children and inflict themselves with injuries. A lot of recalls have been made, all of which stemmed from complaints of parents about their kids getting injured because of certain hazards present in toys.

Here are some of the worst toy recalls in recent history:

•    Sky Dancers Flying Dolls. These toys consist of a pull-string base and a doll with foam wings. The doll would launch into the air and spin like a propeller after pulling the string on the base. However, there were over 100 injuries reported with regard to the use of the toy, and the toy company Galoob decided not to report the units to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The company was instead fined a total of $400,000.00, not to mention issued a recall of the said products that were only less than 6 years in the market.

•    Yoyo Ball. Famous in the early 2000s, this toy is basically a yo-yo but consists of a ball attached to a stretchable string. But then, the usage of the toy led to more than 400 reports of near-choking incidents among children. In fact, a girl was nearly strangulated while trying the “Helicopter” maneuver in which she swung the toy and went around her throat. Because of this, Canada and the UK decided to ban the distribution of the Yo-yo Ball into their respective countries.

•    Jarts. These famous lawn toy darts were used in a game wherein a kid throws one underhanded and tries to hit a target on the ground. Apparently, in the 70s and 80s, they caused more than 7,000 injuries and 4 deaths. Because of this, all lawn dart games were banned by the CPSC in 1988.

Every adult must be responsible enough when buying toys for their children. They should see first if there are no apparent defects on the products, and that they should be aware of any toy recalls. For many Los Angeles personal injury lawyers, those whose children have been injured because of a defect or safety issue on toys must seek an attorney who can file a claim against the liable party, including the manufacturing company.


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