A reputable and publically recognized consumer group called W.A.T.C.H., Inc. has released their 2018 safety report that includes this summer’s most dangerous toys. If your child is injured as a result of a defective product, contact a licensed personal injury law firm right away for help with making a claim.
Continue reading to learn more about W.A.T.C.H. and which toys they have deemed “unsafe” for this summer.
World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc.
World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.) is a consumer group that specializes in research that supports prevention against toy-related injuries. It is a Massachusetts non-profit corporation dedicated to children’s causes, including raising awareness about unsafe children’s products, such as playground equipment, toys, furniture, clothing, and more. It was founded by Edward M. Swartz (1934-2010), who spent most of his career as a nationally-known trial lawyer and child safety consumer advocate.
Please visit their website at https://toysafety.org to learn more about their cause, review safety warnings, and much more.
Dangerous Toys and Playgrounds
According to W.A.T.C.H., the majority of child deaths that occur as a result of a defective or dangerous toy happen during the summer. In fact, these same reports show that emergency rooms treat 2.5 million injured children in the summer, every year. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), emergency rooms treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related injuries. Furthermore, a 2017 report released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates there were 174,100 toy-related emergency department-treated injuries and 7 deaths in 2016 to children younger than 15 years old.
Although the Toy Industry Association (TIA) insists that all toys for sale in the United States are sent through some of the sternest safety requirements in the world, the consumer advocates at W.A.T.C.H. disagree, stating, “Most people have no awareness of the lack of adequate mandatory pre-market safety testing of toys and children’s products in contrast to the rigid rules that exist for food and drugs.”
2018 Unsafe Toy Warning
In a recent press release held at Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Boston, MA on June 21st, World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. Consumer Advocates, Joan E. Siff (President) and James A. Swartz (trial attorney and Director) disclosed information to parents, guardians, and caregivers about the top 10 “Summer Safety Traps” for 2018.
These toys have the potential to cause a wide array of serious injuries and fatalities, including high falls, blunt force trauma, eye injuries, drowning, head injuries, choking injuries, and various orthopedic injuries. Here are the top 10 safety concerns they have listed for this summer:
⚠ Water Balloon Slingshots
⚠ High-Powered Water Guns and Guns with Projectile Ammunition
⚠ Backyard Swimming Pools (Above-Ground and In-Ground)
⚠ Backyard Water Slides
⚠ Shallow Water: Baby Pools, Garden Buckets, and Pool Covers
⚠ Bounce Houses and Backyard Trampolines
⚠ Low Riding Wheeled Toys (Big Wheels & Other Plastic Tricycles)
⚠ All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV’s)
⚠ Lawn Darts
Check out the actual W.A.T.C.H. press release for more information regarding this list.
Child Injury Claims
Contact a seasoned Indianapolis personal injury lawyer for information about receiving compensation after your child has been seriously injured or killed by a defective product or unsafe toy. They will tell you everything you need to know about making a child injury claim, and help you recover the full and fair compensation you deserve.