Understandably, parents are cautious about the toys they purchase for their children.
1. Mattel Lead-Contaminated Products
Due to lead contamination, Mattel was required to recall over 400 000 toys in 2007. These items were promotional merchandise for the film Cars.
The toys were made in China and covered in paint containing lead. This paint is prohibited in the United States due to its known health risks.
Concurrently, Mattel recalled over 18 million toys due to the presence of a small magnet. This small item posed a choking risk to young children.
2. Aqua Dots Recall
Aqua Dots was a popular brand of children’s arts and crafts supplies. In 2007, the Consumer Product Safety Commission determined that Aqua Dots beads were coated with a chemical that, when ingested, caused severe health problems.
Children who ingested the chemical displayed numerous alarming symptoms, including:
- Expulsiveness Loss of consciousness
- Ongoing nausea
In rare cases, children slipped into a comatose state. Due to this, Aqua Dots was required to recall their toys.
3. Aqua-Leisure Inflatable Baby Boats
This inflatable boat for children was designed to allow very young children to float in a pool. The toy had straps to keep the child’s legs in the correct position.
In many instances, however, the straps were not robust enough. The child risked falling through the product and into the water when the straps tore.
Eventually, it was discovered that Aqua-Leisure was aware of the problem six years prior to the product recall. Before the recall was issued, at least 30 children drowned as a result of the defective product.
4. Lawn Darts
Toy recalls are not caused solely by the presence of small parts. Some products have pointed or jagged points or edges.
Large, sharp lawn darts were designed for children to throw in their backyards. Lawn darts caused numerous child injuries and at least three child deaths.
In the 1980s, lawn darts were temporarily banned due to the harm caused by these hazardous toys. One manufacturing company successfully challenged the prohibition in court.
As a result, lawn darts are once again legal. However, the manufacturer was only permitted to sell their products to adults.
The father of a child who was fatally injured eventually persuaded the Consumer Product Safety Commission to reinstate the ban. Currently, lawn darts are completely prohibited in the United States.
5. Cabbage Patch Snacktime Kids Doll Recall
Cabbage Patch dolls were an incredibly popular children’s toy in the 1990s. Some Cabbage Patch dolls were designed to consume small plastic snacks.
An internal motor was used to draw the snacks into the doll. Unfortunately, any object placed in the doll’s mouth would activate the motor. This included the hair and fingers of children.
In addition, the doll lacked a power switch to disable the motor in case of an emergency. In 1997, Mattel voluntarily recalled the Cabbage Patch Snacktime doll due to these dangers.
If your child was hurt by a dangerous toy, you may be eligible for compensation. You may be able to hold the manufacturer strictly liable for your child’s injuries by filing a product liability claim. Consult with a personal injury attorney to discuss your options.
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