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Watch Out For Those Dangerous Toys

Unsafe toys can cause eye injuries, broken teeth, burns and even fatalities. And, unfortunately, toy-related accidents have become more common. In 2001, toys hurt more than 200,000 children—a 40 percent increase from 1998.

Toy manufacturers claim that they test their toys to meet government standards and argue that many accidents stem from misuse and lack of parental supervision. Consumer advocacy groups counter that kids can get hurt even with their parents in the room, and manufacturers should do more to keep kids safe.

Four toys that were recalled after children got hurt:

Galoob Sky Dancers Dolls. Recalled in 2000, these dolls caused 150 injuries.

Total produced: 8.9 million

Burger King Pokemon Balls. This toy caused the death of a 13-month-old child who suffocated after half of the ball got stuck on her face and covered her mouth and nose. The balls were recalled in 1999.

Total produced: More than 25 million

Swimming pool dive sticks. Six children were hurt when they fell on these toys in shallow water. Many companies produced dive sticks that were recalled in 1999.

Total produced: More than 19 million

Fisher-Price Power Wheels. Recalled in 1998, these battery-run vehicles caused nearly 150 fires when they overheated. Additionally, six children were hurt when their Power Wheels didn’t stop due to the car’s wiring problems.

Total produced: 10 million

Adapted from Redbook

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