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Be Careful Buying Toys for your Children

Christmas is quickly approaching us! If you have kids, they are perhaps in the midst of preparing their detailed wish list. What do these wish lists normally include? That is right, toys, toys and more toys. As a parent, it is very important that you take great caution in the toys that you purchase for your children and to supervise your child’s play. Some toys can pose great danger to children by threatening bodily injury or even death.

In fact, every year around 60,000 kids are injured, and 50 are killed, as a result of dangerous toys! According to the World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.), one U.S. child receives emergency medical treatment every three minutes as a direct result of toy-related injury!

A lot of times such injuries are the result of, not only dangerous toys, but defective toys. For this reason, Illinois’ Governor Rod R. Blagojevich signed into legislation Senate Bill 526. Said Bill requires the Illinois Department of Public Health to issue toy recalls, and to list them on their website.

Back in 2005, Illinois was the first state to ban the sale of “yo-yo waterballs” deeming them dangerous to children. This particular toy, is a rubber ball filled with liquid and attached to an elastic cord. According to Illinois’ Governor Rod R. Blagojevich, this toy is dangerous as it can wrap around a child’s neck as the child plays with it. As a matter of fact, with this yo-yo, the Consumer Product Safety Commission received nearly 400 reports regarding it causing injuries to children.

How to Safely shop for Children Toys

There are a ton of new toys coming out this year for the holiday season. With all of these emerging toys comes the emerging risk of injury to children. KidsHealth reports that chocking is a reoccurring risk for children three years of age and younger as they often place mall objects in their mouths.  

To assist in targeting dangerous/defective toys, the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) monitors and regulates children’s toys. The CPSC lists several standards that toy manufacturers must comply with.

As a parent, you should be mindful of the following when shopping for toys for your child or children. First of all, nearly half of parents nationwide purchase toys for their children online. If you are one of these parents, please be wary of limited product information. According to W.A.T.C.H. parents, by purchasing toys online, are unable to physically inspect and inspect the toys prior to their purchase. In a lot of cases, these online toys are not even regulated!

 

In addition, parents should also be particular mindful of toys with small parts, strings, projectiles, toxic substances, rigid materials and insufficient warnings and/or labels. These are all signs of dangerous toys. W.A.T.C.H. agrees with CPSC that chocking hazards that come along with small toys or small toy parts is a reoccurring danger to children.  

Take Action

If your child was injured, or killed, by a dangerous toy, it is imperative that you hire an experienced personal injury attorney. The personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti have the skill and experience needed to aggressively take on your case. Call us today at (312) 332-2872 or toll free (877) 374-1417 to schedule a FREE consultation.

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