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10 worst toys of 2016 announced

Since January of 2015 there have been at least 19 toy models involving 800,000 units recalled in the U.S. because of safety issues. Now Toysafety.org recently announced its "10 Worst Toys of 2016." The list offers toys whose dangers range from suffocation to eye injury to strangulation.

While parents expect toys to be safe, this isn't always the case. Inconsistent and inadequate warnings continue to be an issue with some toys on the market, but these are ones that parents should be particularly careful to avoid. With 65 percent of all toys bought during the holiday season - don't let these be counted amongst those that end up in your home.

  1. Peppa Pig Muddy Puddles Family (2+) - potential for choking injury with little or no warning (depending on packaging) about this hazard.
  2. Kids Time Baby Children's Elephant Pillow (no age range) - potential for suffocation with this large stuffed pillow. No warning.
  3. Slimball Slinger (age 6+) - comes with warning not to shoot at others. Slingshot range of 30 feet, which means there is potential for serious eye injury. No protective gear provided.
  4. Banzai Bump N' Bounce Body Bumpers (age 4-12) - warning says that inflatable bumpers do not prevent impact injuries. Additional knee, elbow and head protection needed for safe use.
  5. Nerf Rival Apollo XV-700 Blaster (age 14+) - no warning, but the Nerf gun has potential for eye injuries. No safety protection provided.
  6. The Good Dinosaur Galloping Butch (age 3+) - warning says choking hazard and puncture wound injuries are possible.
  7. Peppy Pups (age 2+) - no warnings. There is potential strangulation injuries due to pull string on toy animal.
  8. Flying Heroes Superman Launcher (age 4+) - warning says not to aim at eyes or face. Flying figurine sold with launcher.
  9. Baby Magic Feed and Play Baby (age 2+) - no warning. Spoon that is approximately 2 ¾ inches long could obstruct child's airway.
  10. Warcraft Doomhammer (age 6+) - warning says not suitable for children under 36 months. This large hammer toy could create injuries through blunt impact.

Parents do their best to protect their kids, but sometimes that isn't enough. Sometimes the anguish of a child getting injured or the unthinkable pain losing one under tragic circumstances becomes reality. The burden is on the manufacturer and seller to offer safe products for sale. Unfortunately recalls don't always happen before tragedy strikes.

If your child is injured or worse by a toy on the market, it's helpful to speak with a personal injury attorney to see if there is a case for product liability. Not only can an attorney help try to get the offending toy off the shelves, but they also help try and gain compensation for injuries or loss suffered.

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Ben Schmitt

Attorney Ben Schmitt

Mr. Schmitt has over 25 years of legal experience in Missouri and Kansas, and he has been first chair in over 100 jury trials in state and federal courts. He is recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal, Super Lawyers, Avvo.com and Martindale Hubbell as one of the best personal injury lawyers in Missouri and Kansas.

Matt Mulhern

Attorney Matt Mulhern

Mr. Mulhern has over 25 years of legal experience and a 100 percent success rate arguing before the Missouri Court of Appeals. He has a unique knowledge of the inner workings of insurance companies and how they will dispute your injury claim. He practices in both Missouri and Kansas.