Defective Toys

When you buy a toy for your child you expect it to be something safe and fun, and hopefully something that your child will cherish and enjoy until he or she outgrows it.  A defective toy can cause a tragic accident or long term health problems for your child.  Even parents who are extremely careful and selective when choosing toys can accidentally purchase a dangerous or deadly item.

 

Types of Defects in Toys

 

Toys can be defective in many ways.  They do not have to break or malfunction to injure a child.  Some toys are defective simply because they are marketed to children who are too young to safely use the toy, or because they lack the proper warning labels and instructions.  Types of toy defects include:

 

  • Marketing to children too young for the toy
  • Lack of warning or age restriction labels
  • Design defects
  • Manufacturing defects

 

Common Toy Hazards

 

Some of the dangers presented by children's toys can be avoided if parents know what to look for, such as choking hazards with infants and very young children.  Others are hidden and there is simply no way to know they exist until a recall is issued.  Unfortunately, recalls usually do not take place until someone has been injured or killed by the defect.  Common hazards include:

 

  • Sharp points and edges
  • Projectile toys
  • Flammable fabrics
  • Electrical toys which may cause contact burns, shocks, or start a fire
  • Toys which are too small
  • Toys which have parts that are to small
  • Latex ballons
  • Cords, strings, and handles which may strangle a child
  • Toys contaminated with toxic chemicals, such as lead paint

 

Lead in Children's Toys

 

Recently there have been several mass recalls of children's toys due to contamination with lead paint.  Exposure to lead is dangerous for people of all ages, but presents a much greater risk to small children for two reasons:

 

  • They put everything in their mouths so they are more likely to ingest the lead
  • It akes a much small amount of lead to harm a developing child than an adult

 

Lead poisoning can harm a child in many ways including:

 

  • Brain injury
  • Seizures
  • Learning disabilities
  • Lowered IQ
  • Behavioral problems
  • Kidney damage
  • Anemia
  • Coma
  • Death

 

At William J. Tinning, P. C., we believe that every case is important, and no case is too small.  If your child has been injured or killed by a defective toy, please call or email us today to schedule your free consultation.

 

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