The attorneys at Cok Kinzler PLLP are concerned about the safety of our clients and others in Montana. Now that the holiday season is almost here, it’s time once again to think about safety in terms of toys and other children’s products. Thousands of children’s products come out on the market every year and most are tested for safety standards, but many fall through the cracks. You might not know you have an unsafe toy in your home that can cause injury or death.
A large portion of dangerous children’s toys are dangerous because they pose suffocation hazards, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The main cause of fatal suffocation accidents among children’s products are balloons. Many of the popular games and toys available to young children contain balloons.
Why are balloons such a hazard to children? The CPSC points out that balloons aren’t necessarily dangerous when they’re inflated, but when they pop or are not yet blown up, they can be inhaled into a child’s windpipe and obstruct breathing. This often occurs when a child is blowing up or chewing on an uninflated balloon. Broken balloon pieces are also dangerous.
The CPSC recommends that only children over age eight play unsupervised with uninflated balloons or products that contain balloons. Younger children should not play with balloons or toys containing them without adult supervision – even inflated balloons, since they can pop without warning.
You don’t need a product recall to understand that some products are dangerous for younger children. You may avoid a tragedy by watching your children as they play with balloons and immediately picking up balloons that are uninflated or broken. Learn more about dangerous consumer items by visiting our product liability page.