Defective & Unsafe Toys
REPRESENTING VICTIMS OF DEFECTIVE CHILD TOYS AND PRODUCTS
With manufacturers constantly coming out with new and diverse children’s toys, it is more important than ever to pay attention to new recalls and warnings. Many dangerous and defective toys are widely available throughout the United States and often times the danger is unknown until it is too late. While parents should not have to worry about their children’s safety when buying a new toy, we must be aware that sometimes the seemingly most harmless objects cause irreversible damage.
TOY-RELATED CHILD INJURY STATISTICS
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were an estimated 254,200 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments in 2015 – 73 percent of these injuries occurred in children under the age of 15.
Forty-one percent of the estimated emergency department-treated injuries are classified as lacerations, contusions, or abrasions. In addition, 45 percent of the estimated injuries were to the head and face area – the most commonly affected area of the body.
Defective or unsafe toys that can pose an injury risk or hazard to a child are oftentimes recalled by the manufacturer. In 2015, there were 17 toy recalls involving approximately 370,000 toys recorded by the CPSC. These massive recalls highlight the importance of checking toy recalls and testing the safety of toys before giving them to your child.
WHAT ARE THE MOST DANGEROUS TOYS?
- Marketed on the internet without warnings, instructions, or age recommendations.
- Battery operated toys for children under 8 years old since batteries may leak, overheat and explode.
- Contain ‘fur’ or ‘hair’ that could be ingested and pose a choking hazard for young children.
- Small removable parts, or attachments at the end of laces and strings, such as bells, knobs, or beads.
- Projectile toys that can cause injuries to the eyes.
- Blunt, pointy, or sharp edges that could break a child’s skin.
- Realistic-looking toy weapons such as guns, swords, and knives that could be mistaken for real thing.
- Strings longer than 6 inches which could strangulate small children.
- Require electricity to function and do not have step-down transformers to prevent electrocution risk.
- Toxic or flammable surfaces which can potentially cause injuries if consumed or ignited.
10 COMMON INJURIES CAUSED BY UNSAFE TOYS
Here are 10 common injuries your child could sustain due to a dangerous, defective, or unsafe toy:
- Broken bones
- Burn injuries
- Choking or strangulation
- Cuts and bruises
- Disfigurement or scarring
- Head injuries
- Hearing damage
- Permanent disabilities
TIPS FOR KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE FROM DEFECTIVE TOYS
Thousands of children are injured every year due to toys. By being vigilant and following these three safety tips, you can keep your child safe from injury.
- Read and follow the warnings and safety messages. Age guidelines are there for safety reasons.
- Check toys for hazards, including loose, broken, or sharp pieces. Discard or repair broken toys.
- Avoid cheap metal or painted jewelry which may contain lead. Small amounts can be extremely harmful to children.
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED CHILD INJURY ATTORNEY
If your child was injured by a defective, unsafe, or dangerous toy, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced child injury lawyers have handled a multitude of injury cases involving recalled products that have caused serious physical harm to children. Toy companies and manufacturers can be held liable if their dangerous products inflict damage upon children. Let our team of attorneys help you and your child obtain the compensation you deserve to cover medical costs, pain and suffering, and more. Call us today for a free case review — available 24/7, nights and weekends.