Larry E. Coben, an attorney at the personal injury law firm Anapol Weiss, was on KYW 1060 to discuss toy safety, an important topic during the holiday season. Toys are a major part of holiday gift-giving, but it isn’t always fun and games with toys if parents aren’t careful and aware of the dangers toys can pose to their children.
Mr. Coben’s rule of thumb regarding toy safety is that parents should always assume that the toys they purchase for their children will be used in the most dangerous way possible. This includes, but isn’t limited to, a child swallowing the toy or parts of the toy. Also, parents should always expect the worse with a toy, which can help them decide what toy is and what toy isn’t appropriate for their child to play with.
Mr. Coben also recommends that parents check the website of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) before doing any shopping for children to see if any toys or other child products have recently been recalled. When shopping, he cautions parents to read the age-range label that is listed on all toys, but warns parents that it’s just a guess by the manufacturer, not a standard in place by the government on what is truly appropriate for a child. Parents should also be aware that while they may purchase one toy for a certain child, children share. It is very likely the toy will be used by many children, even if the toy is not appropriate for them.