In 2014, defective toys were associated with the deaths of 11 children, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC).
Hospital emergency departments across the country treated an additional 251,800 toy-related injuries that same year.
Parents trust toy manufacturers to supply products that are safe, but when toys are faulty, children are at risk for harm.
Toy Defects and Recalls
Statistics from the CPSC show that toy safety has improved over the years.
In 2008, 172 recalls were issued for defective toys, 19 of which involved lead. In 2014, the numbers were much lower — 30 toy recalls, only one of which involved lead. But that number is still disturbing, as it means that about two or three potentially hazardous toys are still being pulled from store shelves each month.
Aside from lead, toys are recalled for a variety of reasons.
Some have design or manufacturing defects that make them more susceptible to causing injury, while others have missing parts or instructions that are incomplete or incorrect. Recalls also are issued for toys that do not have the appropriate safety warnings.
The CSPC maintains a current listing of all toys and children’s products that have been recalled as a resource to help parents keep their children safe.
Injuries Caused by Defective Toys
While many toy-related injuries are minor, some can be quite serious, or even fatal. Children may suffer burns, lacerations, scarring, amputations or death.
Choking and suffocating are hazards commonly associated with toys that have small pieces that can be swallowed, causing some children to suffer brain damage due to a lack of oxygen.
Playing with toys that contain lead-based paint also can lead to brain damage. Exposure to this toxic metal can cause other health issues as well, including behavioral problems, learning disabilities and seizures.
Legal Action for Defective Toy Injuries
If your child has suffered a toy-related injury or death, you may be able to file a product liability or wrongful death claim.
The manufacturers, distributors and retailers of defective toys may be held liable for any harm done, as they are obligated to provide products that are safe and free of defects. By working with an experienced attorney, you may be able to obtain compensation for your child’s medical bills and expenses, and for pain and suffering.
While this may never truly compensate you or your child for the damage done, it may provide closure and could even help prevent other children from suffering the same fate.
If your child has suffered a toy-related injury, contact the Montgomery Dowdle Law Offices. Serving Boise, Idaho, and the surrounding communities, our experienced legal team can help you understand your rights and seek the compensation your family deserves for injury or death caused by defective toys.