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California Products Liability: WATCH Warns Against "10 Most Worst Toys" of 2011

December 31, 1969

With the holiday shopping season in full swing, our Orange County, California products liability lawyers want to remind parents and other gift buyers that not all toys are safe. As a matter of fact, some toys are dangerous enough that they can cause serious injuries.

To help you figure what types of toys to stay away from, World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. puts out a "10 Worst Toys" List each year.

WATCH's "10 Worst Toys for 2011:
1. "Gigan" Godzilla Figure: The warning label says that this toy is a potential choking hazard. What you should also know is that this Godzilla-like toy, with its pointed, sharp attachments and protrusions, also may cause puncture wound and impact injuries.
2. The Incredible Shrinky Dinks Maker: Requiring electricity, this toy oven may cause electrical shock if a child submerges it in water or changes the light bulb without pulling the plug first
3. Sword Fighting Jack Sparrow: Not only is this action figure a potential choking hazard for young kids, but the pirate's sword, which is activated by a lever that pushes Sparrow's arm up and down, may cause impact injuries, including eye injuries.
4. Stepper "Low Rise" Stilts: This toy comes with no warnings but kids can sustain head and other impact injuries in the event of a fall accident.
5. Z-Curve Bow: This bow and arrow set could cause eye injuries if one of the arrows hits a face.
6. School Bus (by Schylling): Removable rubber tires pose a potential choking hazard to young kids.
7. Pulling Animal Duck: This wooden duck comes with a 33" long cord that can pose a strangulation hazard.
8. Fold & Go Trampoline: Available in toy aisles designated for kids as young as 3, this toy has the potential to cause serious bodily injuries, including head injuries and neck injuries.
9. Power Rangers Samurai Blade: The "sword," which can stretch to two feet, may cause impact injuries.
10. Twist 'n Sort: Small wood blocks and detachable wooden pegs are choking hazards

"Just because a toy is for sale in stores doesn't mean that it is free of dangerous defects," says Howard Law, PC partner and Orange County, California toy defect attorney Vincent Howard. "It is important to hold toymakers, sellers, and distributors liable for product-related injuries sustained by your child."

California's strict liability standard means that even if the designer, seller, distributor, or manufacturer didn't do anything wrong, they can still be held liable for a product defect that existed even before the item was released into the market if that defect caused the personal injuries. Types of defects include manufacturing defects, design defects, and "failure to warn."

World Against Toys Causing Harm

Consumer Product Safety Commission

Safe Kids USA

Howard Law, PC is an Anaheim personal injury law firm represents kids and their families throughout Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, Orange County, and Riverside County.

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