Cincinnati, Ohio product liability attorney and child safety lawyer reviewing consumer safety and Health Hazards: Defective Toys Endanger Children
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2016 there were an estimated 240,000 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments.
The CPSC is the primary federal safety agency responsible for making regulations for the sale and manufacture of consumer products, which includes numerous children-related products and toys. The agency is tasked with protecting children from injuries caused by defective products that pose a health or safety risk.
Each year, the CPSC releases an annual safety and recall report that describes specific toy-related injuries in the United States. Injuries involve minor cuts, bruises, or scratches, and also serious injuries and deaths that result from very dangerous products released on the market. The majority of injuries to children are typically twelve years-old or younger.
The toys associated with the largest number of injuries, according to the CPSC, are non-motorized scooters. Scooters and riding toys represented the largest number of incidents during the last year. Other toys that frequently injure children include balls, dolls, toy guns, water slides and inflatable toys.
Defective Toys & Child Safety Risks
Child Injury Lawsuits & Wrongful Deaths
- Flammable clothing
- Car seats
- Toxic toys
- Riding toys (scooters)
- Inflatable toys
- Water slides
- Space Heaters
- Window Blinds
- Swimming Pools
Dangerous Consumer Products
In the past, some of the most notable and worst toy defects that presented safety hazards included the following:
- Easy Bake Oven—in 2007, there were 29 reports of children injuring their hands, which got caught in the product and suffered burns. Hasbro recalled almost one million ovens.
- Inflatable Baby Floats—products were recalled after it was reported that the leg straps of the float’s seat were susceptible to tearing, posing a serious drowning risk. About four million units were recalled.
- Yoyo Balls—presented strangulation risks and there were 17 reports of kids of suffering injuries with the cord wrapped around their neck.
- Hang 10 Mini Hammock—the mini hammocks risked kids getting tangled up or strangled in the hammocks. Thousands of products were recalled.
- Sky Dancers Flying Dolls—this toy was known to cause face and head injuries, as reported by around 150 customers.
- CSI Fingerprint Examination Kit—the dusting powder in the kit was found to have elements of asbestos, a mineral known to cause cancer.
- Barbie Dolls—in 2009, Mattel recalled China-manufactured Barbie dolls due to lead paint content.
- In 2007, Mattel recalled 21 million defective toys in a span of five weeks, many because of excessive levels of lead paint.
Defective Toy Recall Lawsuits
- Kids II recalled 680,000 Oball Rattles in March 2017 due to a choking hazard. The plastic discs on the outside of the rattle can break and release small plastic beads. At least 42 incidents were reported.
- Britax recalled 676,000 strollers because a defective receiver caused the car seat to fall unexpectedly in at least 33 incidents that resulted in at least 26 injuries.
- Little Tikes recalled 540,000 2-in-1 Snug ‘n Secure Pink toddler swings after 140 incidents caused 39 injuries. The swings can crack and break while in use, causing a child to experience a fall.
- Moose Toys recalled 427,000 Little Live Pets in February 2017 due to chemical and injury hazards. When the button batteries are removed, the battery’s toxic chemicals can leak. Seventeen incidents have been reported.
- Razor recalled 158,000 RipStiks Motorized Caster Boards after 700 incidents were reported. The caster boards, also known as vigorboards, were faulty and the rear wheel can lock while in use, posing a fall hazard.
- Dynacraft recalled 20,000 Surge and Tonka battery operated ride-on toys because the acceleration pedal can get stuck, causing accidents and falls.
- R. Smith recalled 800 Helix Pool Slides after at least 15 related injuries were reported. The sides of the slide are too low, and children can fall off before they reach the water. This can result in serious injury, particularly if they fall onto hard surfaces.
Defective Toy Product Injury
If your child has been injured due to interaction with particular defective toys, it is critical to preserve the evidence with photographs and all product parts. Take photos at the scene and contact an injury lawyer as soon as possible.
An experienced product liability lawyer has the ability to hire experts in design and evaluate the cause of the injury. To build a strong case, there must be evidence that the design or material of a toy is defective, a manufacturing defect existed, or the manufacturer was negligent in marketing or testing methods.
Compensation may be available for past and future medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, as well as punitive damages against a toy manufacturer for disregarding the safety of children and consumers. Manufacturers and distributors of goods can be held liable for any physical harm or property damage caused by their products.
If your child has suffered an injury due to defective toys, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.