Children’s Toys: Dangers You may not be Aware Of

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading causes of unintentional injuries and deaths among children in the U.S. are falls, drowning, burns, poisoning, suffocation and motor vehicle accidents. These unintentional accidents injure at least 9.2 million children, with ages ranging from 0 to 17, every year, while causing the death of at least 12,000 more.

Falls are mostly due to riding toys while suffocation is caused by small parts in toys (riding toys are actually the no. 1 cause for toy-related deaths). Aside from these, toy nails, pegs and rubber balls also cause fatalities and severe injuries. In 2005, about 20 children died due to toy-related injuries, while another 217,000 required treatment in emergency rooms; in 2006, toy-related fatalities went up to 22, while injuries, to 220,050 (about 165,100 of these injuries, which included lacerations, bruising and abrasions, with the head and face as the most affected areas, happened to children under the age of 15).

Children’s toys and nursery items, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), have always been named as cause of injury and death in children, especially those aged 15 and below. From 2007 to 2010, millions of toys were recalled by the CPSC due to the dangers these presented, like sharp edges that could cause laceration injuries, small parts that were considered as choking hazards, and toxic substances and chemical contents that exceeded the limits set by the federal government. The CPSC is the agency charged with enforcing toy safety standards laws; these laws set the guidelines on the required size of children’s toys, the inaccessibility of the toys’ batteries and magnets to small children, the noise and toxicity limits, and the display of labels containing the possible risks of choking hazards.

Unlike food items and medicine, many local and foreign manufacturers do not state information regarding any possible harmful elements in the label of their toys. This leaves American consumers without any clue regarding the actual safety of the toys that they buy for their children.

The Toronto personal injury lawyers of Mazin & Associates PC explain that, in litigations seeking damages for injuries committed against children, the best interests of the child should always be kept in mind. This means ensuring maximum financial compensation which will allow the child to receive the best rehabilitation possible so that he/she can focus on treatment and recovery. Based on the severity of the injury, treatment may include pediatric neurologists, specialists in education, speech language pathologists and other physicians.

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