While many standards have been put into effect over the years, countless potentially dangerous toys for young children still reach the market. The manufacturers of these toys often fail to adequately warn consumers of potential hazards. While it can be difficult to determine whether one toy is safer than another, there are some key hazards adults should be aware of when shopping for toys for kids.
It is important to consider if a toy poses a risk of choking to not only the child receiving it, but also to other children in the home. While balloons are the primary cause of suffocation deaths in toys, other toys with similar risks include game pieces, figurines, self-assembled toys, or toys with parts that can break or fall off.
Some toys produce sounds that violate standards for audio testing by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Toys that produce sounds above a certain decibel can damage a child’s hearing. If the toy sounds too loud for you, it will likely be louder for your child’s more sensitive ears. To help reduce the sound of toys, you may wish to remove batteries to stop the noise or put tape over the speaker.
Toys Intended for Older Children, Teens, or Adults
Toys that meet the standards for older children, teenagers, and adults may not meet the standards for young children. Before purchasing a toy, make sure it meets the standards for the age of the child that you are purchasing for.
Researchers continue to find toxic contaminants such as lead, boron, and cadmium in toys and other products marketed to children. More specifically, some slime products contain high levels of boron which can cause nausea, vomiting, and long term reproductive health issues. Instead of purchasing slime from the store, consider making your own with your child that way you know what is in it.
With more smart toys on the market than ever, a new risk associated with children’s toys is the potential for cybersecurity issues. When using an unsecured internet connection or sharing certain personal information, children and families can be vulnerable to hackers.
Advocate for Your Kids
The best thing that you can do to reduce the risk of exposing your child to harmful toys is to be proactive. When it comes to your kids’ health and the toys with which they engage, be sure to do your own in-depth research.
For more information on toy hazards to be aware of, check out the U.S. PIRG Education Fund’s Toy Safety Tips. You can also check out the World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.) 2019 nominees for 10 worst toys.
The Attorneys at Carter Mario Law Firm Can Help
If your child has been harmed by a dangerous toy, call Carter Mario today for a FREE consultation at (203) 806-9256. We know what it takes to bring our clients maximum compensation for the losses they have suffered—and how to do so in a timely manner.