Getting a new toy should be a fun and exciting experience for children and their parents. Tragically, this is not always the case for children in Montana and elsewhere in the country. Thousands of new toys are introduced every year in the United States, and many have resulted in children being seriously injured or dying. If you have a child who was injured by a defective product, the attorneys at Cok Kinzler PLLP are prepared to help you find justice.
According to the American Association for Justice, dangerous children’s toys accounted for at least 265,000 emergency room visits across the country in 2012. You may be surprised to learn that recalls of children’s products number in the hundreds of thousands every year. The hazards that some toys present range from lead poisoning (most often from products made in China), to chemicals in products like nail polish marketed to little girls, to sharp projectile pieces.
The deadliest types of toys include those that have small removable pieces or parts that break off and present a choking hazard. Choking is, in fact, the most common cause of fatal accidents involving toys for children under the age of 15. Toys containing tiny magnets or button batteries are also particularly dangerous. If swallowed, small magnets can attract each other in the intestines and cause life-threatening injuries. Small batteries frequently start eroding soon after a child swallows them, resulting in serious internal chemical burns.
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act outlines numerous safety standards that toys in the U.S. must adhere to. However, employees at the Consumer Product Safety Commission are overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of new toys reaching consumers every year. As a result, there may be safety violations that are missed, and a potentially dangerous toy could reach your child. To learn more on seeking compensation regarding a dangerous product, visit our page.