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How safe is it to get a child toy weapons for Christmas?

Every year, parents have to cope with the idea of buying their children toys that could do harm. One of the most sought-after classes of toys is plastic weapons that are meant to help children pretend to fight like superheroes. While some of these toys are perfectly safe, others have the potential to do real—or even permanent—damage, including:

  • Bows. The popularity of fantasy movies and games has led to an uptick in archery-themed toys. Sets of bows and arrows may have projectiles made of wood, foam, or plastic, hurling them with varying degrees of force—posing a serious risk of impalement or eye injuries. In additions, a bow string can become caught around a child’s neck, increasing the risk of strangulation.
  • Handheld weapons. Axes, hammers, swords, clubs, and other handheld weaponry can cause serious damage even if it is used as it is intended. Children may assume that a toy version of a hammer is safe to use, but it can still break a bone or cause a head injury if swung with too much force.
  • Guns. Toy guns carry all of the projectile risks of a bow, but also the added danger that it may be mistaken for a real firearm. Children who were carrying plastic guns that looked real from a distance have been shot and even killed by law officers.

If you are considering buying your child a toy weapon this Christmas, you should examine the item carefully for any potential dangers. Small parts that come away from the item (such as projectiles) can easily be swallowed. Make sure the toy is well made and will not break easily and expose your child to sharp plastic or rough edges.

If your child is injured by a defective product, you should always save the item and its pieces for examination by an attorney. Our lawyers can use the toy as evidence to get you and your family the compensation you deserve after an injury. Click the contact link on this page to find out how we can help.