A New Jersey mother is suing Toys R Us and a New York toy manufacturer for $ 80 million, the New York Daily News reported. Shelley Standish-Pociejowski claims her 6-year-old son, Makhi, was badly burned by a Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja wristwatch that she bought him last Easter at a Paramus, New Jersey, Toys R Us.
According to the allegations, the digital watch’s battery leaked a corrosive substance, which severely burned the boy. Standish-Pociejowski’s lawyer, Jeanette Poyerd-Loiacono, filed the suit in Brooklyn Federal Court.
With headquarters in Wayne, New Jersey, Toys R Us says that it employs 70,000 people globally and “is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need.” Toys R Us is privately held by Bain Capital Partners, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Vornado Realty Trust, which bought the company in 2005.
The watch’s manufacturer, M.Z. Berger, makes watches, clocks, bags and accessories and personal care items, according to the company’s website. The company says that it is a family business that employs more than 700 people in “New York City, Bentonville, Toronto, Detroit and Hong Kong and satellite offices across the country,” and that it ships more than ten million units a year.
Toys R Us, M.Z. Berger and Standish-Pociejowski’s lawyer didn’t answer requests for comments.
Update 10/3/2014 12:10PM: Toys R Us sent the following statement: “We are unable to comment on pending litigation. For the information and details you seek, we recommend that you contact the manufacturer directly.”