There are few things more disturbing than when a child is harmed by a hidden defect in a toy. Unfortunately, there have been several toy recalls in 2019. Keep your children safe this holiday season by staying current on toy recalls and removing defective toys from your child’s possession.
Recent 2019 Toy Recalls
Rock ‘n Play Sleepers
Reason: Infant deaths have been reported from babies rolling over.
Cat & Jack Unicorn “Chiara” Boots
Reason: The unicorn horn detaches, causing a choking hazard.
Barbie Power Wheels Camper
Reason: Camper can keep driving after the pedal is released.
Ubbi Connecting Bath Toys
Reason: Broken bath toys could create choking hazard.
Mercane WideWheel Electric Scooter
Reason: Brake caliper failures, causing fall and injury hazard.
Children’s Kickstarter Bikes
Reason: Steer tube clamp can break, creating a fall risk.
Baby Push Walker
Seller: Crate and Barrel
Reason: Choking and cut hazards from exposed parts.
Safety Goggles for Extreme Edition Dodgeball Game
Seller: Exploding Kittens
Reason: Safety goggles create a danger of cuts on the face.
Sadly, there have been too many recalls this year to list them all. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) maintains a full list of recalls that can be found at www.cpsc.gov/Recalls.
Safe Kids Worldwide also maintains a list of recalled products that is updated monthly. www.safekids.org/product-recalls.
Injuries from Recalled Toys
There are instances when consumer recalls come out too late, and children are injured before their parents even know about a recall. In these situations, parents may be able to bring a products liability claim for the injuries their child suffered. Under Georgia law, toy manufacturers and sellers must make sure the products they make, sell and market are safe for their intended purpose.
If your child is harmed by a defective toy, be sure to keep the toy and contact a lawyer who can determine whether you have a viable product liability claim.
– Joel Williams, a partner at Williams|Elleby, a Kennesaw based personal injury law firm.