Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, or the winter birthday of a loved one, December is the biggest month of the year for gift buying, and the best time of the year to get great deals on toys. However, not all toys are created equal, and we don’t just mean in terms of how fun they are to play with.
Toddlers and babies are the main victims of unsafe toys, because they cannot recognize or escape danger. Manufacturers should list recommended age ranges for their toys on the box. Also keep in mind that older kids may have younger siblings.
What Toys Have Been Recalled in 2019?
Examples of toys that have been recalled already this year include:
Fisher-Price Power Wheels Barbie Dream Camper (Feb. 2019): Can continue to run after the foot pedal is released.
Bulk Unlimited Little Experimenter Children’s Globe (Mar. 2019): Internal wires can short out and cause a fire.
Target Bullseye’s Playground Wooden Toy Vehicles (Apr. 2019): Wheels can fall off and pose a choking hazard.
Disney Toy Story 4 Forky Plush (Jul. 2019): Googly eyes can fall off and pose a choking hazard.
Crate and Barrel Activity Push Walker (Aug. 2019): Parts can break off, posing laceration and choking hazards.
Super Jumper 14” Trampoline (Aug. 2019): Metal legs can snap.
Parents can find a complete list of all products that have been recalled, including children’s toys and other products intended for children, by visiting the CPSC website.
What to look for?
Examples of defective and dangerous toys for toddlers and babies include:
- Choking hazards – Toys with small removeable pieces
- Sharp edges – Toys with pieces that may snap off
- Fire hazard – Toys with excessive loose fabric that may catch fire
- Electrical burns – Toys with electrical components from second rate
- Pinching danger – Toys that may trap children’s fingers or hair
- Head injury – Ride-on toys that children may fall off of
- Eye injuries – Toy with unsafe projectiles
- Strangulation– Toys with long strings or ropes attached
According to Consumer Product Safety Council (CPSC), toys are becoming safer. In 2008, 172 toys were recalled, while in 2018, only 18 toys were recalled. However, a recall often isn’t issued until after someone is hurt, so parents need to be vigilant for these potential dangers.
What to Do With an Unsafe Toy
Report the incident in writing to the toy manufacturer and also to the CPSC.