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Dangerous Christmas Presents—What To Know

Portrait of a 6 year old boy hugging teddy bearEvery year hundreds are people are hurt using the Christmas present they receive. Below are some of the hottest presents that present dangers everyone should know about:

  • Hoverboards—Just six months ago, hoverboards were the rage and retailers selling these had dreams of a very green Christmas. After a number of these “skateboards without wheels” caught fire, and after escalating reports of emergency room visits for broken bones and concussions, Amazon.com has limited the brands it is selling and Overstock.com has stopped trading in the gizmos altogether. In another blow to the boards, most of the major airlines have banned them on any flight.
  • Drones—Though industry officials estimate that more than 200,000 of these radio-controlled crafts will be given as gifts this Christmas, there are numerous reports of collisions with building and with humans. Recently, a skier in a professional competition was almost hit by an overhead drone. As a sign of the potential risks, a number of insurance companies have added provisions to homeowners, policies expressly prohibiting coverage for any drone accidents.
  • Miscellaneous toys—According to WATCH (World Against Toys Causing Harm), “Bud” Skipit’s Wheely Cute Pull Along and Kid Connection doctor play set have many small parts that pose a risk of choking injuries. The Splat X Smack Shot (from Imperial Toy) and G.D. Jiefeng’s foam dart gun have significant potential to cause eye injuries. The Stats’ 38″ quick-folding trampoline may lead to neck, head and other injuries. Also, avoid toys with long pull strings (strangulation) or sharp ends (cuts and bruises).

Some items that have traditionally been considered serious safety risks are, thankfully, no longer commercially available. For example, lawn darts, once the rage, have long been banned by the Consumer Product Safety Commission after the deaths of a number of children.

If you or someone who know have been injured by a toy, Contact Fritz, Goldenberg & Bianculli

At the law firm of Fritz, Goldenberg & Bianculli, we have more than 30 years of collective experience successfully protecting the rights of personal injury victims in the greater Philadelphia area. To set up a free initial consultation, call our office at (215) 458-2222 or send us an e-mail. Evening and weekend meetings can be arranged, if necessary.