Do Warning Labels Protect Kids From Unsafe Toys?

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Jan 15, 2016 11:55:00 AM

You stand in the toy store, shopping for a toddler. A toy label reads: Intended for Children Over Three Years of Age. It’s easy to assume the label means some children younger than three may lack the dexterity or intellectual development to use the toy. Unfortunately, consumers who have been misled in this way could be put in a devastating situation.

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Warning labels help protect toy manufacturers in injury-related lawsuits, especially when toys contain warnings about parental supervision or limit the number of safe uses. However, that label is actually supposed to be warning consumers that the toy or its parts present a choking risk to a small child. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) requires labeling on toys designed for children aged three to six that can pose a choking hazard for children under three. The labels must specifically state the reason why a toy is unsafe for children under age three, according to an article by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Even with these warning labels, the CPSC estimated that more than 250,000 toy-related injuries were treated in emergency departments and 11 toy-related deaths occurred in 2014.

There are many safe toys available in toy stores, but American consumers often receive insufficient warnings or inadequate information to evaluate the toys they purchase for their children. Because of these shortcomings, it’s up to a child’s guardian to arm themselves with as much information as possible in order to determine if a toy is safe.

If your child sustained a toy-related injury, our lawyers can get the answers you need. Contact our firm today for assistance.

 

Topics: Product Liability, Unsafe Toys

4 Ways Parents Can Protect Little Ones From Unsafe Toys

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Jan 14, 2016 3:30:00 PM

When a toy has undetected dangers, a child can sustain a serious injury in seconds. In fact, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has estimated that more than 250,000 toy-related injuries were treated in emergency departments and 11 deaths occurred because of dangerous toys in 2014. Below are a few tips to identify possible dangers before giving a toy to a child.

Assume the worst. Expect a child to use the toy in the most dangerous way possible and without supervision. Examine the toy to determine if a child can dismantle it and accidentally create new hazards.

Look for small parts. A child can swallow or choke on small items such as marbles, balloons, small parts from larger toys, and more.

Do the toilet paper test. Try to drop a toy through a toilet paper roll. If the toy falls freely, it is a potential choking hazard.

Use common sense. Toys that are safe for older children may be deadly for a baby, toddler or small child. Educate older children about the dangers to younger kids, and monitor children carefully.

An unforeseen manufacturing defect can also be the cause of a child’s toy-related death or injury, but these defects are not always clear. If your child was hurt by an unsafe toy, our legal professionals can investigate the situation and answer any questions you have. Contact our firm for assistance.

 

Topics: Product Liability, Unsafe Toys

Recognizing Unsafe Toys Before They Hurt Your Child

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Jan 13, 2016 3:44:08 PM

Not all toy-related dangers are immediately clear, but certain characteristics can indicate hazards to young children. Below are a few factors to consider when shopping for new toys.

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Toys that look good to eat: Some toys are meant to look, smell or taste like food, which can invite a child to put the toy in his or her mouth.

Toys with cords or chains: Ropes, chains, strings, elastic bands and other cords – even when they are retractable – pose a risk of strangulation when they are long enough to encircle a child's neck.

Toys containing lead paint: Check labels on painted toys to see if they contain lead. Discard older painted toys that were manufactured before current lead standards were put in effect.

Flammable toys: The U.S. government flammability standards take into account children's clothes but not toys. Further, be particularly careful with regard to sleeping bags and comforters for camping.

Baby furniture and car seats: When borrowing or buying baby furniture such as cribs, high chairs, walkers, playpens, cradle swings and more, check for recalls and safety issues first.

Individuals who have questions about toy recalls or other safety issues can contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). It’s important to know the product’s manufacturer, model and year of manufacture so CPSC staff can identify the exact toy in question.

On some occasions, a toy’s design or manufacturing defect can result in the death or injury of a child. Contact our firm if your child sustained toy-related injuries. We can evaluate your situation and determine if the manufacturer, designer or installer is to blame.

 

Topics: Product Liability, Unsafe Toys

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