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Unexpectedly Dangerous Children’s Toys

Do you still have some kids on your holiday shopping list? Before you run out to the store to grab the first fun toy you see, it is worth taking a moment to learn more about some unexpectedly dangerous children’s toys. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently issued a press release to warn parents about dangerous children’s toys, with a focus on recorded hospitalizations, emergency room treatments, and fatalities recorded throughout 2020.

According to the CPSC, some of the most dangerous children’s toys in 2020 were:

  • Toy balls: About 8% of all emergency room visits for injured children involved a toy ball. Many of these accidents involved a small child eating a toy ball and either choking or fully ingesting it, requiring it to be removed.
  • Building sets: Nearly 10,000 children were taken to the ER in 2020 due to injuries caused by ingesting or choking on small pieces in building sets, like Lego®.
  • Toy vehicles: Approximately 4% of ER visits among children were caused by toy vehicles. The data is not clear what sort of injuries happened to require these visits, but it can be safely assumed that many involved a child choking on a small toy car like a Hotwheels® car.
  • Scooters: Injuries suffered by children using non-motorized scooters increased to about 36,500 in 2020. It is not clear how many of those injuries required emergency treatment and how many could be addressed in an urgent care facility.
  • Balloons: The CPSC also noted that balloons can pose an extreme and unexpected danger to small children, especially those under the age of 8. When a kid finds a deflated or popped balloon, they may try to ingest it, causing a severe suffocation hazard and dangerous complications if the balloon is ingested.

Quick Child Toy Safety Tips

Remember these safety tips when buying a toy for your kids this holiday season:

  • Avoid choking hazards: Easily the most prominent danger to children posed by toys is a choking hazard. Inspect all toys for small pieces or parts that could break off into small pieces. Children under the age of 8 should not be given toys with choking hazards. Children under the age of 11 should be supervised when they play with small toys and building sets. Balloons should be discarded out of reach when they pop, deflate, or can’t inflate.
  • Read all warnings: No matter what toy you buy your child, you should read all of the warning labels and instructions that come with it. You never know when there might be an unexpected potential issue with a toy that the manufacturer wants to warn you about.
  • Buy from brands you trust: Not sure if you can trust an unfamiliar brand to make a quality and safe toy? No need to risk it when there are so many other brands out there. Buy from brands and retailers that you trust to complete good quality control measures.

If your child is injured by a defective toy this holiday season, then know that Carter Mario Law Firm can advocate for you both. We assist clients throughout Connecticut. Contact us now and ask about Our 8-Point Guarantee!

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