With Christmas just around the corner, parents across Michigan will have countless new toys in their homes to deal with. At the office of Sullivan Law, we know that not every product made for children is safe for your child. You probably understand that some toys are only safe with older children, and some children’s products are not toys at all and can be dangerous if they are not used properly. However, some products that were marketed toward younger children or frequently used by kids despite their dangers have caused serious injuries or deaths over the years.
According to Good Housekeeping, numerous popular toys became infamous due to their dangerous nature, and many were recalled or banned by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. You may remember some of them, including the following:
- Lawn darts injured at least 6,000 children and killed three during the 1970s and 1980s. This product was permanently banned, and safety officials recommended consumers destroy their sets.
- Slip N’ Slides can cause disabling back and neck injuries in teenagers and adults.
- About 1,700 children ingested the powerful magnetic Buckyballs and were hospitalized.
- Popular fidget spinners could come apart and cause a choking hazard.
- After two recalls, the classic Easy-Bake Oven was redesigned to reduce the risk of burns.
- Some Hoverboards caught fire while charging. One boy died in a house fire caused by a faulty Hoverboard.
It is not always possible to predict which new toys can pose a danger to your child. Therefore, you may want to check the CPSC’s website for information on injuries and recalls. Our page explains more about your rights if a dangerous product harmed you or a family member.