As the Public News Service reported earlier this week, the annual Trouble in Toyland report from USPIRG has named 24 dangerous toys currently on shelves. Oregon Trial Lawyers Association member David Sugerman said, “There are some standards and some guidelines. But the idea that a product is always tested by men and women in white coats, being very careful, unfortunately is more myth than reality when it comes to just things that you buy at the store.”
The World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH) organization also puts out a list each year identifying potentially dangerous toys. Recently, their president, Joan Siff, went on Fox News to talk about some of this year’s most dangerous toys.
As we note in our “World without the justice system” pages, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued more than 850 recalls for toy products since 1974 for everything from lead and asbestos to magnets and choking hazards.
There are some steps you can take to check for potentially dangerous parts, apart from avoiding the products in these lists. Be sure to check for choking hazards: small parts, packaging that could be ingested, long stuffed animal hairs, and small magnetic sets.
Sugerman noted what all plaintiff trial lawyers hold true: “My goal is to not be necessary. When somebody has a reason to call me, it’s because there has been a tragedy, or such widespread harm that somebody has to do something about it.”