While product safety has improved in recent years, you can still find dangerous
and defective toys on store shelves. When shopping this holiday season,
it is important to keep safety in mind.
According to a new report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
(CPSC), an estimated 185,500 toy-related injuries were treated in emergency
departments last year. There were also 11 toy-related deaths of children
younger than 15 years old.
More than 40 percent of the injuries included cuts, contusions, or abrasions.
Riding toys were associated with five fatalities in 2015. For children
15 years of age or younger, nonmotorized scooters continued to be the
category of toys associated with the most incidents, accounting for 25
percent of all injuries.
In fiscal year 2016, there were 24 toy recalls. Toys were recalled for
defects that could cause choking, mechanical hazards, and fire hazards
posing a threat of injury to a child. During the past four years, the
CPSC and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have also stopped more
than eight million unsafe toys and children’s products from ever
entering the country.
“Children are our most vulnerable consumers, and as a parent of two
boys, I understand what parents and caregivers are concerned about when
they go shopping during the holidays,”
said CPSC Chairman Elliot F. Kaye. “CPSC’s commitment to working alongside CBP to stop shipments
of dangerous toys before they reach kids can go a long way to help your
holiday gifts be a source of joy, rather than tragedy.”
The CPSC offers the following safety tips for consumers to keep in mind
this holiday season:
Magnets: Children's magnetic toys are covered by a strong safety standard that
aims to prevent magnets from being swallowed. High-powered magnet sets
that do not meet CPSC’s lifesaving standard are not permitted.
Balloons: Children can choke or suffocate on deflated or broken balloons. Keep deflated
balloons away from children younger than 8 years old. Discard torn balloons
Small balls and other toys with small parts: For children younger than age 3, avoid toys with small parts, which can
Scooters and other riding toys: Riding toys, skateboards and in-line skates go fast, and falls could be
deadly. Helmets and safety gear should be worn properly at all times,
and they should be sized to fit.
If your child or someone you care about has suffered serious harm due to
a recalled or otherwise defective toy, you may be entitled to compensation.
To discuss your legal rights, contact
a San Diego product liability lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage
for a free consultation.