As parents such as ourselves hit the toy stores this holiday season, it is important for all to be aware of the potential risk of serious injury that exists in many popular toys for our children. Last year, over 250,000 children were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries caused by toys (Consumer Produce Safety Commission 2009). Twelve children suffered a wrongful death after their injuries (CPSC 2009).
Safe Kids USA has compiled a few safety tips for parents to remember about purchasing safe toys and how to use them safely (2010).
• When purchasing toys, keep in mind the age-appropriateness of the items as well as your child’s development age. Some children may have reached the numerical age on a warning label but developmentally may be behind, and there is nothing wrong with that, but you need to keep this in mind to avoid purchasing a toy that could cause harm.
• Pick up toys and try them before buying them. Are there any loose parts or parts that could come off and pose a choking hazard? Any strings or cords that could cause a suffocation injury? Are there any exposed battery or wires that may cause electrocution? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, do not purchase that item.
• If you have both older and younger children in the house, teach them to keep the older children’s toys away from the little ones and to clean up completely after playing to prevent age-inappropriate toys from getting into the wrong hands (or mouths).
• Check all toy recalls often and follow through with the recall instructions as quickly as possible to get unsafe toys out of the toy chest.
If your child has suffered an injury due to a fault by a negligent manufacturer, you may deserve compensation. Please call us today for your free consultation at (480) 753-4534. We are parents too, and we may be able to help you.