Products For Kids That Cause Harm
Consumers expect the products they purchase for children to be safe. After all, toys have especially high safety standards, because protecting children is a core value in this country. Even so, a surprising number of dangerous items make it onto retailer shelves, putting children of all ages at risk. Most of the time, these hazardous items are recalled. But what if you didn’t get the memo, and your child is harmed? A local personal injury attorney can help after a perilous encounter with such a product.
Dangers Children Face
A number of issues can impact child safety when it comes to toy manufacture and design. Choking on small parts, burns from overheating, and poisoning from hazardous materials are just some of the common injuries that children endure every day while playing with unsafe products.
The Numbers are Alarming
In the five years between 2012-2016, over 1,225,000 were treated in emergency rooms across the country due to injuries associated with toys. Nearly half of those children were under five years old.
The types of injuries range from lacerations (nearly 25 percent) to fractures (over one in ten), with everything you can imagine in between. Nearly half of injuries involve the child’s face and/or head.
Toys that contain magnets have repeatedly been the focus of child safety organizations, primarily because young children so often eat the tiny magnets. The results can be devastating: infection, gastrointestinal problems, and even death may result. While child advocates have tried to get magnet-containing toys banned, the courts continue to allow them.
Recently Recalled Products
A number of products have been recalled just this year, including:
- Crayons: Extra large crayons designed for younger children for easier gripping, have been found to have glass bits in the red crayons of the Colorations brand product, posing a risk of laceration to children.
- Art Kits: Batteries in Creatology brand Spin Art Kits and Pottery Wheel Kits may overheat, burning users or creating a fire hazard.
- Bath Toys: Choking is a serious concern with Waterpede Bath Toys, which have been found to have small beads that break off and may be swallowed;
- Go-Karts: The Hauck Nerf Battle Racer Go-Karts have had a problem with the steering wheel breaking, leaving sharp edges that could result in lacerations, as well as the inability to steer the vehicle, leading to dangerous crashes.
- Tents: Children’s tents (Playtime Pals Pop-Up Hideaway) manufactured by Cameron Company have had problems when the supporting rods splinter or break, causing cuts and bruises to children;
- Wagons: Wiring issues have started up the motors of Radio Flyer’s eWagons, resulting in the unintentional activation of the wagon.
Following an Injury
If your child has been injured due to a product deficiency, it may be the result of manufacturer negligence. At the Law Offices of Robert W. Elton, we are eager to fight for justice on behalf of your child. Contact us in Daytona & Ormond Beach for a confidential consultation today.