You hear it all the time; another popular toy is being recalled because of a health hazard posed to kids. There are many different reasons a toy can be recalled such as a choking hazard, fall hazard, lead paint, laceration risk, and more. Playtime should be free of hazard so that children can have fun and grow without the risk of injury. The Consumer Product Safety Commission works diligently to make sure any products that are dangerous for the consumer are removed from shelves and that the situation is remedied.
While there are numerous toy recalls each year, these five recalls are not ones we will ever forget. The large scale of the recalls in addition to the injuries that resulted landed them on this list of the most dangerous toy recalls ever.
5. Easy Bake Oven
Recalled: February 6, 2007
Hazard: Entrapment and burn hazard.
Injuries: Second and third-degree burns, hands getting stuck in the machine, one girl underwent a partial finger amputation as a result.
By the time the recall was issued 29 children had gotten their hands or fingers caught in the oven and there were 5 reports of burns. This version of the classic toy was meant to look more like a real oven and loaded from the front.
4. Sky Dancers
Hazard: Injury Hazard
Injuries: Eye injuries, broken teeth, mild concussions, broken ribs, and facial lacerations.
The doll had the ability to fly, you would pull the draw string and the dolls rose into the air and spun around. There was no way of controlling the movement once in the air and as a result the dolls struck many children and adults on their way down.
3. Cabbage Patch Snacktime Kids
Hazard: Laceration hazard.
Injuries: Fingers and hair getting caught in the doll’s mouth causing lacerations.
The doll boasted the ability to eat snacks. The idea was you would put one of the snack sticks that came with the doll into her mouth and that would trigger an internal mechanism that mimicked chewing. The danger was that there was no on off switch so anything put into the dolls mouth triggered the gears to turn there were reports of children getting their fingers caught causing injury as well as the hair becoming stuck in the doll’s mouth.
2. EZ Sales Hammocks
Recalled: August 8, 1996
Hazard: Strangulation and death hazard.
Injuries: Death, brain damage, and strangulation.
The mini hammocks sold by more than 10 manufacturers did not have spreader bars. When children got in or out of the hammock it could wrap around their neck and strangle them. As of the recall report there had been 12 deaths.
1. Aqua Dots
Recalled: November 7, 2007
Hazard: Beads coated in toxic chemical.
Injuries: Ingestion of the beads could and did result in comas, respiratory depression, dizziness, and seizures.
What seemed like a great kid’s craft quickly turned tragic when it was found that there was a chemical on the beads that mimicked the effects of a dangerous drug, GHB. There were two incidents where children fell into comas before the recall was made.
Injuries that stem from defective or dangerous products can be very serious and the responsible parties should be held accountable. If you or a loved one was injured by a defective product contact Console & Hollawell’s injury attorneys in Philadelphia. Together they will guide you through the process of getting the compensation you deserve. Be sure to check saferproducts.gov for all the latest recalls and information.
All images from CPSC.