The toy sounds harmless enough — Disney Fairies Light Up Sky High Tink – but the helicopter-like plastic toy whose catchy jingle advertises it can “fly up to 10 feet, that’s high!” blinded a central Pennsylvania man who says that a wing from the projectile came apart and struck him. Kline & Specter has filed suit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and toymaker JAKKS Pacific Inc. for negligently marketing the toy, which is similar to the 8.9 million toys another manufacturer recalled two decades ago in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
That toy, which went under names such as Sky Dancers and Fairy Flyers, also worked by pulling a string that then sent a spinning winged projectile into the air. There were 150 reports of the toy striking children and adults, causing scratched corneas, temporary blindness, broken teeth and facial lacerations that required stitches.
If you or your child suffered a serious injury from a Disney Fairies Light Up Sky High Tink toy or any similar projectile toy, you may have grounds for a lawsuit and you should contact one of our dangerous toy attorneys. Our firm, with more than 40 lawyers, including five doctor/lawyers, litigates dangerous toy matters and has won numerous verdicts and settlements in cases involving defective toys and other products.
We have won several substantial settlements against the maker of Toypedo swimming pool toys, plastic toys that moved rapidly underwater but sometimes broke the surface and struck people. In one case, we obtained a $3.75 million settlement for a 10-year-old girl who was blinded in one eye by a Toypedo. In other cases we achieved a $2 million settlement for a 17-year-old high school student from West Palm Beach, Fla., and $1.5 million for a suburban Milwaukee man who lost an eye.
Our firm’s current suit involving the flying Disney Fairies toy was filed on behalf of Troy Knecht, 43, of central Pennsylvania, who was injured while playing with the toy with his daughter. A wing from the product disconnected after it was launched into the air and struck him in the eye. He underwent several surgeries but has not regained his sight in that eye. Knecht claims in his lawsuit that the toy should never have been sold considering the 2000 recall of a similar toy by the San Francisco manufacturer Galoob Toys Inc.
“Given the 2000 recall notice and safety notification, defendants, whose business is manufacturing, selling, and/or distributing children's toys, knew or reasonably should have known as early as 2000 of the inherent dangers associated with the subject toy, including the foreseeable risk of eye injury,” states his lawsuit, which claims the toy had a defective design.
Discovery in the case showed that Jakks Pacific had received a large number of complaints about wings breaking off the toy and people suffering facial injuries.
In May 2021, our firm also took the case of a 38-year-old Indiana, Pa. woman who suffered vision loss and neurological impairment when she was struck by one of the projectile toys.