16 Nov 2020
Shopping online for the holidays? These recalled toys pose safety risk for kids.
Posted By Darrigo & Diaz
Recalled toys to avoid purchasing this holiday season
This year continues to be a roller coaster, and the holiday season will be no different. The coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally changed the retail industry – many stores and malls have temporarily or permanently closed, online sales have soared, and retailers are starting holiday sales earlier than ever before in hopes of gaining back lost income.
For this reason, we want to warn online shoppers of recalled toys that pose serious hazards and safety risks to small children.
While traditional brick-and-mortar stores have protocols in place to keep recalled products off of their shelves, online retailers, such as Amazon and eBay, have less enforcement. In addition, with many people experiencing financial hardships this year, Amazon reports an increase in “second-hand” shopping, where consumers are buying used products for lower prices. Recalled toys are commonly resold on major online retailer websites as “used products”, and consumer advocacy groups are urging parents to be on guard when doing their holiday shopping.
Before you put a toy in your online shopping cart, take a look at the Trouble in Toyland 2020 list of recalled toys.
Top recalled toys of the 2020 holiday season
Here are the top recalled toys to avoid this 2020 holiday season:
Reasons behind the toy recalls
- Barbie Dream Camper by Fisher-Price – The Fisher-Price Barbie Dream Camper was recalled because its foot pedal could stick and pose a crash risk to children.
- Bead Maze Toys from Juratoys – The toy was recalled because the wooden triangle piece is too small under federal standards for small parts, and poses a choking hazard.
- Children’s grocery shopping carts from Step2 – Because the shopping cart’s basket can break into sharp pieces, the product was recalled for the risk of cuts.
- Grizzly Industrial’s children’s tool kits – The tool kit contains excessive levels of lead, including the tool belt, hammer and suspenders.
- Whack A Frog Game by YEEBAY – The popular game sold on Amazon contains chocking hazards and isn’t safe for children under the age of 4.
- Light-Up Magic Wands from Toysmith – The star-topped wand’s battery cover can detach and expose the button-cell batteries, which can be a choking and ingestion hazard to young children.
- Musical Lili Llama from Manhattan Toy – The musical llama toy was recalled as a choking hazard because the screws used to attach the spinning flowers can become loose and fall off.
- My Friend Cayla doll – My Friend Cayla doll has a Bluetooth vulnerability—a trait shared with lots of digital products. As part of Cayla’s business model, she collects all kinds of information to send back to the company, likely in violation of the kid privacy law Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
- Nickelodeon’s Frozen Treats Slime – The manufacturer recommends the toy set for children ages 6 and older. It looks like edible frozen treats, but it contains hazardous chemicals. Package warnings say it’s not real food and should be used only with adult supervision; Consumer advocacy reports note a potential for chemical ingestion or skin irritation.
Injuries caused by recalled toys
Injuries caused by recalled toys can be minor to very serious and even fatal. The most common types of injuries include bumps and bruises, cuts and lacerations, choking, suffocation, and head injuries.
Since children are still growing and changing, their injuries have the potential to alter their lives forever. Long-term effects could be severe and unpredictable. Substantial medical costs, rehabilitation, and other medical care will likely follow the child into adulthood and this is a difficult burden to bear.
What to do if your child has been injured by a recalled toy
Call Darrigo & Diaz immediately at 813-774-3341
If your child has been the victim of a recalled toy accident, the skilled Tampa product liability lawyers at Darrigo & Diaz are here to help.
Since 1999, Darrigo & Diaz has helped individuals throughout the greater Tampa Bay area get justice for defective products that have caused them harm. We have the expertise and experience you need to take on big corporations in the courtroom. We fight for our clients, ensuring they receive the physical, emotional and financial support they need to heal, recover, and move forward.
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