Recently, one of the attorneys at Anapol Weiss was featured on Philadelphia Fox 29 to discuss the importance of toy safety and holiday shopping for parents. Now, new research released today shows the importance of keeping child safety in mind when purchasing toys for your child and monitoring their use of the product to prevent child injuries from occurring.
On November 18, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released a new report showing that there has been a significant decline in toy recalls since 2008. In the 2010 fiscal year, there were 44 toy recalls, which is down from 50 toy recalls in 2009 and 172 toy recalls in 2008.
The data in the CPSC report also shows that toy-related fatalities also decreased in 2009. The CPSC received reports of 12 children deaths (children under the age of 15) that year, which is down from 24 toy-related deaths in both 2007 and 2008. Most of these fatalities were from motor vehicle accidents, drowning, or airway obstruction from a small toy or a small part of a toy.
The CPSC attributes these declines to new toy safeguards that have been put into place, including: establishing low lead content and lead paint limits that are the lowest in the world; limiting the use of certain phthalates; creating a mandatory toy standard from a voluntary toy standard; and collaborating with the Customs and Border Protection systems to track product shipments in transit from around the world and thereby increasing the effectiveness in finding hazardous toy products imported into the U.S.
However, new statistics in the CPSC report show that injuries that are toy-related are increasing. In 2009, there were approximately 186,000 children treated in emergency rooms for injuries associated with toys, which is an increase from 152,000 such injuries in 2005.
To reduce child injuries this holiday season, the CPSC is encouraging parents to adopt what they are calling a “three-pronged safety approach.” First, they recommend parents chose age-appropriate toys for their children when purchasing holiday gifts. Second, they suggest parents purchase safety gear when shopping for sports-related items or toys such as bicycles or skates. Third, they advise parents to always be aware of their child and the surrounding environment when they are playing with toys, and avoid playing in or near hazardous areas such as roads, pools, and kitchens.
Parents of children injured by unsafe toys have a right to seek compensation for their child’s injuries and hold negligent toy manufacturers accountable for injuries their product caused. The Philadelphia unsafe toy attorneys at Anapol Weiss have represented many children and their families in lawsuits involving toy manufacturers and will work hard to ensure their clients are adequately compensated. Call us today at 1-866-735-2792 if you believe you have an unsafe toy case. We can help you understand your legal options.