Defective Toys – Dangerous Play

A child’s joy is a delight to watch. Most often than not this joy is driven by toys. And a child’s imagination & creativity is often triggered by these toys. And it would be an irony that these toys would cause any damages either mentally & physically to children. Defective toys are the biggest threat that faced by large toy manufacturers across the world. The suitability or a choking hazard warning of the toy is written in all languages from English to Mandarin, but no one can guarantee its safety. Toys are meant for fun and not for danger, right?

It is extremely sad to see that defective toys affect children the most. A sharp edge could cause a dangerous cut. In toys containing small parts, a defect could cause the part to break off and be swallowed by the child. This may either get dislodged in the child’s throat, causing it suffocate or fall through to the intestine, damaging it in the process. Also toys which are coated with paint which may be hazardous or toxic could cause severe damage to users. Many blame the fact that toy manufacturers don’t face stringent quality check procedures, before they launch their products.

The toy manufacturing industry is a huge industry, with over 700 manufacturers and annual revenue of us $ 20 billion. And most of the toy manufacturers are mega corporations with large reputation & brand value. It would just take a single defective toy to ruin their reputation & image, let alone the financial repercussions to be faced from lawsuits. A product liability suit can be filed by a consumer who faces injuries due to such a defect.

Every now and then we see news of a big name toy manufacturer facing legal battles of these forms. From the manufacturer of the toy to his supplier and from the distributor to the retail shop where it was sold, anybody can face legal action. Following are some situations in which a manufacturer could face lawsuits, due to a defective toy:

• when the toys are defective

• when toys are deemed unsafe

• if they contain misleading instructions/labeling and lead to children’s injuries

From age old European toy companies to their cheaper Asian counterparts, many a manufacturer faces the great risk of being involved in a lawsuit due to a defective toy. They must therefore consider the following steps before releasing their product in the market:

• plan for proper quality control checks

• provide correct instructions & warnings on their labels

• to avoid using any toxic substances in the manufacture of the toys.

In several cases, when the manufacturer is aware of their defect, after the dispatch of the toys from their warehouses to retail outlets, the manufacturer retorts to making use of their insurance cover & invoke a product recall. In such a case all consumers would be requested to return their defective toy and it would be returned to them once the issue has been sorted.

Top 10 Christmas Toys and Games For Boys, Sons and Nephews – Get the Best 2008 Xmas Presents Now

Everybody loves gifts, especially the boys. Boys are the types who are into adventure, action, and sci-fi. Below is the list of Top 10 Toys for Boys that are truly unique and fully packed of action. The list will guide you into the different gift ideas that suit the boys.

1. Nintendo DS Lite Cobalt / Black. Want some unique and hi-tech toy? This might be the best gift this Christmas season for boys? The Nintendo DS Lite also has an additional port or games from game Boy Advance aside from its DS Games. It can be up to 19 hours of non stop game play at only one charge. Good thing here is that it can be connected through Wi-Fi. It can bring 3D graphics due to its dual powerful processors.

2. Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia. Are you a Pokemon fanatic? It is actually a game where the journey to be the Top ranger takes you to Almia region. It includes larger world, and more adventures plus challengers compared to other series. You can do here partnering with variety of Pokemons in order to complete such missions.

3. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Two-Disc Special Edition). Who loves movies? This gift is best buy for your money for aside from its being action-oriented film, this is also the film which deals with archaeology and history. A great pack not only to entertain but also to inform you of the past plus adventure.

4. Hasbro Playskool Honeybee Hop. Bee happy! It is a fun filled and exciting game for the kids shall try to dodge in the bee with a jump, hop, or skip. It is in here where the beehive is motorized with music and silly sounds.

5. Air Hogs Havoc Heli – Colors May Vary. Wanted to fly? This is a helicopter that is remote controlled plus a 4 way control in flying to any point of direction that is accurate. It can fly as high as 100 feet, where LED blue flashes for night flying.

6. EyeClops Bionic Eye Multizoom, Green. This is a fantastic gift for boys where they can see at up to 400 times of magnification. They can explore the wonders by plugging it in TV using Jakks Plug It In & Play technology. It has three times fun of Eyeclops original.

7. PSP Limited Edition Madden NFL 09 Entertainment Pack – Blue. This portable play station includes a metallic blue limited edition color, with Madden NFL game. It is also composed of 1GB memory stick duo where you can hear music, enjoy movies, and play games, plus you can play it on any TV using the cables.

8. Fisher-Price Kid-Tough Digital Camera Blue [Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging]. It is considered to be the best selling kid and award winning digital camera and is known to be the first appropriate digital cam in preschool. Very simple buttons, and easy to maintain are its friendly features so even the young ones in the family can enjoy taking pictures.

9. Techno Source Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader – Illuminated Touch Screen Game. You can enjoy the touch screen by means of its pencil shaped stylus technology. It also includes adjustable control in volume with illuminated touch screen for perfect long driving. It also has 2,500 questions played either by an individual or in group.

10. Fisher-Price Rock, Roll ‘N Ride Trike. It is definitely a sturdy tike where you can experience the three fun and enjoyable ways to ride. It is in here where foot pegs can fold up for easy pedaling. You can even convert it to an extra push handle for added comfort. Plus you can lock base in its place for rocking and ride on fun.

This is the Top 10 Toys for Boys which will definitely bring joy this holiday season. The list definitely broaden the horizon on what’s new in terms of boy’s gifts this 2008.