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Parents should be able to trust that the toys on retailer shelves are safe for their children when used as intended. However, many of the most popular toys of the 2000s were dangerous and subsequently recalled.
If your child suffers injuries while playing with a toy manufactured in the 2000s, you may have the opportunity to recover compensation for their damages. Here’s more about some of the most dangerous toys of the 2000s and what you should do if your child suffers an injury caused by one of these or another dangerous toy.
Released in 2005, Magnetix was marketed to children three years old and up. This popular toy needed to be recalled after reports that children were swallowing the magnetic pieces in the set.
If multiple magnets were ingested, they would move towards each other, increasing the risk of blockages and tears in the intestinal walls. Magnetix caused the death of one child and 27 intestinal injuries before its recall in 2006.
The Easy Bake Oven was a popular toy marketed for children aged eight years and older. Easy Bake Ovens sold between May 2006 and July 2007 were recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Easy Bake Oven manufacturer Hasbro, Inc.
This recall occurred when children could insert their hands in the front of the oven, which subsequently caused them to get caught. Children’s fingers and hands suffered burn injuries and even a partial finger amputation.
In total, more than 249 reports were received of children’s fingers getting caught in the Easy Bake Oven’s door opening. This included 16 second- and third-degree burns reported, with 77 total burn reports.
It is important to note that Easy Bake Ovens sold before May 2006 were not included in the recall and have not been the subject of widespread scrutiny regarding child injuries.
Aqua Dots were the most popular toy of 2007. However, aqua beads and Aqua Dots were recalled after children began swallowing the beads. Children would become dizzy and vomit before subsequently slipping into a coma.
When consumed, it turned out that the glue on the beads contained a chemical that turned toxic when activated by water. Less than eight months passed before Aqua Dots were officially recalled.
The Razor scooter was one of the most popular toys of the 2000s. Unfortunately, several Razor scooter manufacturers, including the Fisher-Price division of El Segundo-based Mattel Inc., and Cerritos-based Razor USA, recalled nearly 300,000 scooters with hundreds of reports of serious injuries.
Wheel problems with the scooters were reported as having caused both hand and facial injuries to children, while handlebar welds bending or breaking caused hundreds of reported injuries.
If you or your child suffered injuries from a toy manufactured in the 2000s, you might have the opportunity to pursue legal action against the liable party. First and foremost, save all of the pieces of the toys, and contact a product liability lawyer at our firm for help as soon as possible.
Depending on the statute of limitations and other factors, there may be limited time to pursue compensation in your case. The sooner you get your attorney working on your case, the more likely we can access and obtain the evidence we need to prove liability and fault in your case.
While you help your child recuperate from their injuries, our team can investigate, gather evidence, review the ways your child’s life has been and is expected to be affected by their injuries, and prepare to pursue legal action through insurance or civil claims.
When your child is critically injured due to a dangerous toy manufactured in the 2000s, 90s, 80s, or at any point, you may have the right to sue the at-fault party. Learn more about what legal options are available to you when you contact our Illinois defective toys lawyer at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.
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