Mother: Insufficient warning on dangerous children’s toy

No parent in Pennsylvania would knowingly let their child play with a dangerous toy. They assume that once a toy makes it on the store shelf it has been deemed safe through rigorous testing and product liability standards our government requires. Yet, some toys still do not perform as expected, pose danger to children and are recalled as a result. Despite multiple recalls, however, a potentially dangerous toy is still on the market.

A Washington mother whose son injured his eye when a toy leaked a hazardous fluid–most likely kerosene–is trying to raise awareness of the dangers of similar toys to prevent other injuries. Kerosene-filed toys are very common, even though manufacturers are aware of its dangers and such toys have been recalled on a number of different occasions. Over 400,000 kerosene-filled toys were recalled by a Florida company in 1998; the eyeball toy was among them. Nine years later, hundreds more toys containing kerosene were recalled from a Texas company. The manufacturers argue that warnings on the packaging are enough to justify using kerosene. The 5-year-old Washington boy received the toy as a gift without any packaging. There was nothing on the toy itself warning of its dangers, only a Made in China imprint. The toy broke during normal play and when he held it by his face some of the liquid inside leaked into his eye causing painful injuries. His mother immediately flushed his eye with water and took him to the emergency room. After completing daily ointment treatments, no permanent damage is expected.

If your child has been injured because of a dangerous toy, you may want to consider legal recourse to raise public awareness and hold the manufacturer responsible for their negligent actions. You may also be entitled to compensation for medical expenses.

Source: The Spokesman-Review, “Leaking Halloween toy injures boy’s eye,” Kip Hill, July 19, 2013

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