The biggest shopping season of the year is about to begin. Parents will flood the malls looking for great deals on presents for their kids, and children will eagerly await their new toys. But as parents begin to collect presents for their children, they should be aware that not every toy on the shelf is safe.
Consumer advocacy groups have recently released reports indicating that many unsafe products are still making it to the store shelves this year. Those toys may present the typical dangers such as choking or strangulation hazards, but an increasing number of unsafe toys also present chemical exposure problems.
US Public Interest Research Groups (PRIG) and World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH) have been working for years to reduce the number of children hurt and killed because of unsafe toys. Last year, more than 250,000 children arrived in hospital emergency rooms with toy-related injuries. 12 of those children died as a result of an unsafe toy. Those numbers are too high and requiring too many Michigan personal injury attorneys.
Last week, WATCH released its 38th yearly report on unsafe toys in the marketplace. Earlier this week, PIRG released its 25th annual “Trouble in Toyland” report. Both of these studies found numerous dangerous products on the shelves.
Among the toys called out as unsafe is a children’s backpack featuring Dora the Explorer. The popular children’s cartoon may draw parents in, but they should be warned that the backpack is made with BPA, a dangerous chemical used to soften plastic.
Chemical exposure is a relatively new hazard in children’s toys, but other dangers have been around for decades. The Supasplat Splatblaster toy gun sold by Kmart this year could potentially lead to blindness in children using it.
Parents deserve to know that the toys their children are playing with are safe. Unfortunately, these reports indicate that many unsafe toys are still making it to the toy stores. Parents who are purchasing holiday gifts for their kids should carefully research the toys to be sure that they are not bringing dangerous products into their homes.