As the Fourth of July weekend approaches, we are reminded that summer is officially here! Although the summer months are usually filled with fun in the sun, it also leads to an increase in products liability concerns. World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc., (W.A.T.C.H.) reminds us today that there are many summer toy products on the market that can cause serious injury to children.

Joan E. Siff, President of W.A.T.C.H, presented the ten top “Summer Safety Traps” at a press conference held at Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Boston. The showcase is meant to stress the many products liability dangers that parents should be aware of when allowing their children to play with certain toys on the market this summer.

At the top of W.A.T.C.H’s unsafe toy list for summer are toy guns and other “air-born toys” that include some type of missile, rocket, dart or other projectile. According to W.A.T.C.H., emergency departments across the country will treat approximately 2.7 million children injured in accidents this summer. Toy guns are responsible for a number of these visits, causing serious eye injuries to children playing with these products. This safety hazard is often discounted when parents allow their children to play with such toys.

W.A.T.C.H urges parents to pay more attention to the potential risks of such products and to recognize that the safety warnings and labels may not be as extensive and accurate to include the very imminent risks of eye injury to their children. Most of these products are sold with an insufficient warning label and are not accompanied with the protective eye gear necessary to avoid such injuries. In addition, many of these labels include inaccurate age guidelines which lead younger children to use these types of toys when they are not old enough to handle them, further increasing their risk of injury.

These risks highlighted by W.A.T.C.H and their top ten “Summer Safety Traps,” raise awareness to the need for safer products, improved pre-marketing screening and testing as well as detailed and adequate warning labels for consumers.

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