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Unforeseen hazards add to toy-related injuries

The American Association for Justice reported that unforeseen hazards continue to be present in toys despite recently improved safety standards, demonstrated the necessity for a strong civil justice system that protects children who may be personally injured from such toys. The strong civil justice system must also hold negligent manufacturers accountable. For years, corporations have knowingly shipped unsafe toys with hidden dangers like small parts, loose magnets, asbestos, and other toxic chemicals until outrage from parents and civil actions forced regulators or manufacturers to act. As toys have become more sophisticated, so too have the risks associated with them. As American Association for Justice President reported, protecting our children requires vigilance from everyone. Regulators, parents, manufacturers, and the civil justice system all play a part in keeping dangerous toys off store shelves.

Our Chicago injury attorneys want to highlight recent product recalls that may affect children on your holiday gift lists. Rocking Horse Depot’s small, medium, and large rocking horses with bridles have been recalled because the reins on the rocking horse are long enough to form a loop around a child’s head and neck, posing a strangulation hazard to young children. Additionally, Big Ideas Marketing has issued a product recall to the horse-on-a-stick toys sold at Love’s Travel and Country stores due to a strangulation hazard. Also concerning is that Munchkin, Inc. has issued a product recall for bathtub toys due to a risk of injury. The intake valve on the bottom of the submarine toy can such up loose skin, posing a laceration hazard to children.

Keep up to date on product recalls by visiting the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.