Taking Child Safety into Account when Holiday Toy Shopping

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there was a 21 percent increase in injuries caused by high chairs, strollers, cribs, and other nursery products in 2009 compared to 2008, as reported by online news outlet Bloomberg. There was an estimated 77,300 visits to the emergency room related to injuries from products marketed for children aged five and younger. In 2008, there were 63,700 such hospital visits.

Recently, attorney Larry Coben from the personal injury law firm of Anapol Weiss was featured on Philadelphia Fox 29 to discuss toy safety when shopping during this holiday season. Mr. Coben has practiced law for over 30 years and has extensive experience representing children injured by toys.

When asked what he hears parents say they wish they had done differently to potentially prevent their child from suffering injury, Mr. Coben said parents regret not knowing how their child was going to use the toy that caused the injury. Parents need to think about how children could possibly misuse a toy by reading all the fine print in the instructions that accompanies a child product. Parents also need to make sure a toy is age appropriate for their child, and not buy a toy their child shouldn’t yet be playing with.

Mr. Coben notes that it takes manufacturers anywhere from six months to a year to realize a product needs to be recalled if injuries are reported, so there could potentially be toys on store shelves right now that are dangerous for children to use. Ultimately, the burden rests with the parents to pay attention when shopping for toys for their children to prevent injuries from occurring.

When purchasing a toy for a child under the age of four, Mr. Coben recommends taking the tube from a roll of toilet paper and seeing whether the product can pass through the tube. If it can, the toy could pose a choking danger to a child, and shouldn’t be given to them because it can potentially lead to death.

To view the news clip, click here.

If your child has been injured by a toy, consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney can help you determine whether you have a substantial child injury case. An attorney can also help you understand your legal rights and options.

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