Parents in Arizona might be interested to learn that a safety organization has released a list of 2017 toys it considers dangerous. World Against Toys Causing Harm, also known as WATCH, has been compiling the lists for more than 40 years. However, an industry trade group called the Toy Association has criticized the list for not testing the toys. It also says that any toys sold in the United States must pass safety standards.
The president of WATCH argues that the high number of annual toy recalls means that the standards are not sufficient. She also said that toys may be recalled but remain for sale online because those sites do not monitor recall notices. The organization points out that from December of 2016 to November 2017, there were a minimum of 15 recalls for almost 2 million toys in total.
Among the dangerous toys singled out by the organization in 2017 were a Nerf crossbow that the organization said could cause face and eye injuries and a tightrope device called a "Slackline" that the organization said could injure or kill children. The organization cited a type of roller skates that attached to children's shoes as a burn risk because they could cause sparking and a Wonder Woman battle sword that it said could injure children.
When people or their loved ones are injured because of a dangerous product, it might be possible to file a products liability lawsuit. The product could be a toy or it could be a medical device or some other type of object. The injured person or their family members might want to talk to an attorney about filing a lawsuit. It will be necessary to demonstrate that the company was negligent in some way. The company might offer to settle out of court, or the case might go to court.