With the holiday season in full swing, the search for toys is on most parents’ minds. However, a recent study estimates that more than three million children were admitted to emergency rooms between 1990 and 2011 as a result of toy-related injuries. In the past year, toy-related injuries have gone up by 40 percent. Toys should be designed to be safe for their particular age group, and if toys cause harm to a child, they may be considered defective products.
Product liability laws are designed to keep kids from injuring themselves. Some of the more commonly dangerous toys include riding toys. They accounted for 28 percent of injuries for children under 5 and 42 percent of injuries for kids between 5 and 17 years of age. The most common hazardous riding toy is a foot-powered scooter; these have accounted for the increased child injury rate.
Riding toys more often lead to broken bones or dislocations than other toys, and parents are advised to watch for their children’s safety while using them. Some tips include making sure a child wears a helmet, knee and elbow pads, keeping kids out of traffic and generally keeping a close watch. For toys with defective parts, it is important that parents stay abreast of information regarding recalls. Always be aware of choking hazards.
A product liability lawyer may be able to help if a toy designed for children leads to serious injury. A lawyer may be able to assist in putting together a class action lawsuit to put pressure on toy manufacturers, or he or she can help to file a lawsuit against the company on behalf of an injured child. This may lead to a settlement or a court victory, out of which medical bills, legal expenses and other costs related to the injury may be paid.
Source: Main Street , “The Most Dangerous Toys Revealed — And They’re Not Toy Weapons or Choking Hazards“, Hal Bundrick, December 01, 2014