Practical Tips for Pennsylvania Families to Maintain Toy Safety
As summer approaches, parents may be purchasing more toys for their children, who in turn will have more time to play with their toys. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), toys are much safer now than they used to be, and recalls are decreasing. But each recall can include thousands of products sold throughout the country. Children continue to suffer serious injuries and deaths from defective and dangerous toys.
Before being sold in stores, toys must pass over 100 safety tests and standards. But federal authorities inspect only a fraction of toys imported from outside the United States. The result is that imported toys account for many toy recalls in the U.S.
Check Recall Information at the CPSC Website
Toys made in China and other countries are often known for being cheap because they are manufactured with chemicals that may cause harm to children. Excessive lead and phthalates are known chemicals that cause birth defects and may disrupt hormones. Some toys imported from China and sold in the U.S. contain these chemicals, which violate several product safety violations.
While retailers hold some responsibility for ensuring their products are safe, it is not uncommon to see the same retailers on the list of product recalls on the CPSC website.
Avoid Small Parts and Other Safety Hazards
Toys must be age appropriate. A toy safe for a nine-year-old may pose threats to a toddler’s safety, particularly if that toy has small parts. Toys that contain small parts that can become detached present choking hazards for small children.
Toy packaging should reflect the age range for a product. If your home has children of different ages, it is crucial to restrict younger children from playing with toys designed for older children.
Hazardous factors associated with toys also include:
- Sharp edges: Toys that are made for children under age eight should not have sharp edges. If a toy breaks or wears down, sharp edges may be revealed. Parents should inspect toys for damage that can cause harm to their children.
- Loud noises: Certain toys can damage hearing if they are used too close to children’s ears.
- Riding toys: Toys that allow a child to ride or wheel around may result in injuries and even death. Small children may not have the skills to operate a riding toy designed for an older child. Children also may not understand the hazards presented by driveways and parking lots.
- Strings and straps: Toys with straps and strings present strangulation dangers and should be avoided by small children.
If a faulty or defective toy injured your child, the products liability attorneys at Needle Law can help. We have provided trusted advice and guidance to victims and their families throughout Pennsylvania following injuries from defective products. We provide a no-obligation consultation and encourage you to contact us today by calling (570) 344-1266 or completing our online form.