This holiday season, as we start shopping for our little ones, it is important to remember that not all toys are safe. According to a recent report in USA Today, there was an increase in toy-related child fatalities from 12 in 2010 to 17 so far in the year 2011. Almost half of the fatalities were choking incidents involving balls or balloons. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued 34 toy recalls during the 2011 fiscal year, and nearly 252,000 children under the age of 15 required emergency room care due to toy-related injuries.
There are a number of items that pose significant risks to children. Parents would be well advised to keep children away from items that have small parts that can be swallowed, such as magnets and small batteries. A CPSC report stated that scooters are the leading cause of toy-related injuries, so parents considering purchasing these items should also consider buying their children protective gear such as helmets and knee and elbow pads.
The CPSC also suggests that parents avoid products with balloons, balls, and small parts because children tend to put everything in their mouth. It is also in the best interest of parents this holiday season to buy toys that are age appropriate.
The skilled Las Vegas defective product lawyers at Shook & Stone wish you and your family a safe holiday season. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury because of a potentially defective or dangerous product, please do not hesitate to call our offices at (888) 662-2013 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.