Did you know nearly 22% of children’s toys sold on online marketplaces could have serious safety issues? According to a study conducted by The British Toy and Hobby Association, more than half of the toys tested from major online retailers like Amazon, eBay, and AliExpress, breached legal safety regulations, rendering their toys hazardous. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), also admits that, although there is a ban against lead use in children’s products, lead materials are still found in consumer products across the country.
This concerning news begs the question—if dangerous children’s products are banned, why are they still showing up in U.S. markets?
A recent Wall Street Journal investigation revealed that over 4,100 products on Amazon were “declared unsafe by federal agencies, [and] are deceptively labeled or are banned by federal regulators.” Of those unsafe products, 150 were already banned by Amazon – but for some unexplained reason, they were still available for purchase on the popular site.
With more than 70% of Americans doing half or more of their toy holiday shopping online this year, it’s important that parents understand the dangers of counterfeit and imitation toys and how to avoid purchasing the fakes.
Which Toys Are Dangerous?
According to research, many of these dangerous toys are sold from unknown China-based brands and imported to the United States. These toxic toys are usually constructed without any regard for U.S. safety standards and sold under lesser-known brand names.
Some of the safety issues connected to these children’s toys include:
- Toxic lead paint
- Unlabeled choking hazards
- Flammable materials
To make matters worse, most of the dangerous children’s products are listed without labels and do not include any evidence of safety tests or contact information to link the product to the toymaker. Unfortunately, the online retailers, like Amazon, have failed to weed out many of these shady sellers, leaving customers to sort through the potentially dangerous products on their own.
According to Trouble in Toyland, an annual document released by the United States Public Interest Research Group, (PIRG), parents should be on the lookout for the following toys:
- Fidget spinners
- Toys that make loud noises
- Strong magnets
- Slime products
- Cheap children’s jewelry
- Technologically advanced toys that could breach the user’s privacy
Also, evidence suggests that the counterfeit sellers often have a few common characteristics that make them easier to identify. These lesser-known sellers often lack a website, have poor product photos, contain multiple typos in their listing, and have minimal information about the contents or materials used in the product.
Another rule of thumb, if the deal is too good to be true, it probably is. If you spot any of these red flags, you may want to continue your toy search elsewhere.
Harmed By a Dangerous Children’s Toy? We Can Help.
If your child was harmed by a dangerous toy, our attorneys at The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. are here to help. We understand that you, as a parent, put your trust in product manufacturers when you purchase one of their products, and if they knowingly ignore safety standards and sell defective or dangerous products, they should be held liable for their negligence.
The safety of your child is no insignificant matter, and if an online retailer, toy manufacturer, or another party caused your child a serious injury, we want to use our legal experience to help you seek justice and compensation. We’ve handled countless product liability cases during our many years in practice, and we know what it takes to ensure your voice is heard.
Call (212) 577-9325 or contact our attorneys online to discuss your case today.