Major manufacturer Huffy is recalling a ride-on UTV toy sold at Walmart stores across the U.S. after discovering a possible injury hazard. According to an alert issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the youth bike maker has issued the recall after uncovering an injury hazard in the 24-volt ride-on Torex; a mini utility terrain vehicle (UTV) for children. The tiny truck is prone to moving suddenly and unexpectedly when the battery is connected after charging. So far, the company has received 36 reports of incidents, but no injuries.
The recalled toy vehicles are black with red trim, labeled “Torex” on the front and side. These toys were sold in Walmart stores nationwide and online from August 2019 through September 2020 for about $500. The products were manufactured between June 2019 and November 2019. Consumers who purchased one of these recalled vehicles are urged to stop using them right away and contact Huffy for a free replacement controller. For more information, contact Huffy at 1-888-366-3828 or email them at [email protected].
Toy-Related Injury Hazard
According to a CPSC report, 17 children died from toy-related incidents in 2018. These included three children who were struck and killed by motor vehicles while using a product, seven children who drowned, and seven who died as a result of choking. During that same year, there were 226,000 toy-related injuries reported in 2018.
Of these injuries, 37% involved children aged five and under. Specific toys that caused the most injuries were ride-on toys, non-motorized scooters, and building sets. In fact, ride-on toys and building sets accounted for 13% of injuries in children aged five and under. Non-motorized vehicles accounted for 19% of injuries in children 15 and under.
Product Liability Issues
Ride-on toys may cause a number of different types of injuries, including head injuries such as concussions, broken bones, and cuts that may require stitches. Researchers say that a number of these injuries can be prevented by using protective equipment such as helmets, and elbow pads or kneepads. Traumatic brain injuries, which can occur if a child falls down and hits his or her head on the ground, can leave them with lifelong disabilities.
As we head toward the gift-giving season, it is important that parents and caregivers ensure that the toys they buy for their children or give as gifts are safe and age-appropriate. If your child has been injured as the result of a dangerous or defective toy, you may be able to seek compensation on behalf of your child for the injuries they have suffered, as well as the damages and losses to the family. An experienced product defect lawyer will be able to advise you regarding your legal rights and options.