Toy Hazards

While many toys marketed to young children provide adequate safety information, there are still staggering numbers of accidents associated with children’s toys every year. An estimated 40,000 toy-related accidents occur each year in the United Kingdom. In the United States, 202,300 children under the age of 15 received hospital treatment for toy-related injuries in 2005 alone, and 20 children under the age of 15 died from injuries connected with toys.

Common injuries connected with toys include:

  • Choking or aspiration of small parts of a toy
  • Strangulation
  • Cuts resulting from sharp edges or pieces of a toy
  • Projectile injuries
  • Drowning
  • Motor vehicle accidents connected with toys or toy use.

Injuries related to children’s toys are monitored and recorded by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which strives to protect “against unreasonable risks of injuries associated with consumer products”. While this agency does strive for safety to the best of its ability, there are, unfortunately, numerous accidents still occurring each year.

Some measures employed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission to maintain consumer product safety include issuing product recalls of potentially dangerous toys (and other items), restricting possibly toxic or harmful chemicals used in product manufacturing, and conducting extensive research to ensure that all information on consumer products is accurate and up to date.

Nevertheless, even with extensive monitoring, accidents involving toys occur each year. In order to keep your family safe, you should be sure to check all of your children’s toys for any potentially harmful elements, such as sharp edges, small pieces that could potentially be swallowed, and make sure to return any recalled toys immediately.

If your child or anyone you know has injured by a toy or any other commercial product, please contact Stevens Point personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 1- 800-248-0171 to arrange a consultation.