This year, experts say the holiday shopping season will start much earlier. With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic temporarily or permanently closing stores and fewer people spending money due to financial hardships, retailers are expected to launch big online deals in an attempt to compensate for a decline in sales and a change in consumer behavior.
But before you start your holiday online shopping, we want to warn you about recalled toys that pose serious hazards and safety risks to small children.
While traditional brick-and-mortar stores have processes in place to prevent recalled products from being sold on their shelves, online retailers, such as Amazon and eBay, have less restrictions. In addition, with many households experiencing a loss of income this year, Amazon reports a rise in “second-hand” shopping, where consumers are purchasing used products for discounted prices. Recalled toys are commonly resold on major online retailer websites as “used products”, and consumer advocacy groups are urging parents to be on guard when doing their holiday shopping.
Help keep your family safe by reviewing the Trouble in Toyland 2020 list of recalled toys.
Top recalled toys of the 2020 holiday season
Here are the top recalled toys to avoid this 2020 holiday season:
Reasons behind the recalled toys
- Barbie Dream Camper by Fisher-Price – The Fisher-Price Barbie Dream Camper was recalled because its foot pedal could stick and pose a crash risk to children.
- Bead Maze Toys from Juratoys – The toy was recalled because the wooden triangle piece is too small under federal standards for small parts, and poses a choking hazard.
- Children’s grocery shopping carts from Step2 – Because the shopping cart’s basket can break into sharp pieces, the product was recalled for the risk of cuts.
- Grizzly Industrial’s children’s tool kits – The tool kit contains excessive levels of lead, including the tool belt, hammer and suspenders.
- Whack A Frog Game by YEEBAY – The popular game sold on Amazon contains chocking hazards and isn’t safe for children under the age of 4.
- Light-Up Magic Wands from Toysmith – The star-topped wand’s battery cover can detach and expose the button-cell batteries, which can be a choking and ingestion hazard to young children.
- Musical Lili Llama from Manhattan Toy – The musical llama toy was recalled as a choking hazard because the screws used to attach the spinning flowers can become loose and fall off.
- My Friend Cayla doll – My Friend Cayla doll has a Bluetooth vulnerability—a trait shared with lots of digital products. As part of Cayla’s business model, she collects all kinds of information to send back to the company, likely in violation of the kid privacy law Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
- Nickelodeon’s Frozen Treats Slime – The manufacturer recommends the toy set for children ages 6 and older. It looks like edible frozen treats, but it contains hazardous chemicals. Package warnings say it’s not real food and should be used only with adult supervision; Consumer advocacy reports note a potential for chemical ingestion or skin irritation.
Injuries caused by recalled toys
Injuries caused by recalled toys can range from very minor to serious or even fatal. Some of the most common types of injuries caused by recalled toys are chocking and suffocation, poisoning, bruises, cuts, burns, and concussions.
Because toys can pose such significant dangers to children—and do so in so many ways—federal regulations require manufacturers to observe strict standards in designing, manufacturing, and labeling such products. When these standards are not met and a child is injured as a result of a product defect, strict-liability claims may achieve some justice for these children and their families.
If a child is injured by a recalled toy, the family can receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages on behalf of the parents, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
What to do if your child has been injured by a recalled toy in Port St. Lucie, Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, or Okeechobee
Call Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd immediately at 866-930-6435
When manufacturers and retailers put toys into the hands of children, they need to ensure that those toys are reasonably safe for their intended recipients. If your child has been seriously hurt by a defective or recalled toy in Port St. Lucie, Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, or Okeechobee, you may have a legal claim.
At the Law Firm of Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd, our experienced trial attorneys and product liability lawyers help parents pursue money damages for children who have been seriously injured by defective or recalled toys and products. We understand the anger, frustration, and confusion that you may be feeling. We fight to hold big corporations accountable for their wrongdoings, and we won’t settle until justice is served.
Led by Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney Steve Hoskins, our Treasure Coast product liability lawyers have over 40 years of experience representing injured victims in St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties. We have obtained over $500 million in settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients and their families, attesting to our skills, resources, and aggressiveness to never back down.
We are available 24/7 for new and existing clients.
We offer FREE, no-obligation consultations to all potential clients. And, you don’t have to pay for anything unless we secure a financial settlement for you. Call 866-930-6435 now to schedule your complimentary meeting with one of our Treasure Coast product liability lawyers.
Get the legal help you need without leaving your home
Our Treasure Coast product liability lawyers are available 24/7 to provide the answers and help you deserve when you need it most. We have four convenient office locations in Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, Vero Beach, and Okeechobee, but if you can’t come to us, you can get the protection you need and hire us electronically from home. We can then start working on your case in minutes.
Call 866-930-6435 to learn more.