What would you do if a toy you bought your child for Christmas gave them a permanent bald spot? That’s what happened when Lilly Brokenshire took her plastic Vtech toy train off of it’s track.
Lilly Brokenshire, 2, was harmlessly playing with her toy train when it ripped out a chunk of her hair. Now her parents fear she will have a three-inch bald spot forever.
Toy Scalps Girl — Leaves 3 Inch Bald Spot
Lilly Brokenshire was harmlessly playing with her Vtech Toot-Toot Train with her dad Paul Jacob was sitting next to her supervising. Much to Paul’s horror, when Lilly playfully picked up the train’s lead car and ran it across the top of her head, it pulled a three-inch chunk of her hair with it.
“I was sat next to her when she was happily playing with it, but before I knew what was going on, she had picked the plastic train from the track and ran it on top of her head,” Paul explained to the Daily Mail.” The wheels took her hair and kept wrapping it around the wheels, pulling it out by the roots and leaving part of her head scalped.”
The Vtech toy came with a disclaimer that parents should not allow their children to take the toy off of it’s track, and was listed as being safe for children over the age of 12-months-old.
Vtech Reponds To Parents Concern
Lilly’s parents are trying to get Vtech to recall the toy and install an emergency shut-off for the motor that initiates when the toy car is removed from the track. Of course they don’t want to see any other children harmed while playing with what should be a harmless toy.
Vtech has responded to the claims made by Lilly’s parents with an official statement: “The VTech Toot-Toot Drivers Train has been tested to European safety standards and has passed all tests for children over 12 months of age. ”
“VTech aims to go above and beyond the standards required in the European tests and, as such, we have added a leaflet within the Toot-Toot Driver Train Station packaging which contains a warning about only playing with the train on the track and not close to hair, body or clothes,” the statement explains.
Tell us, HollyMoms — Should Vtech recall the toy and install a safety feature? Let us know your thoughts!
– Lauren Cox