The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is assuring parents that through its efforts there are safer toys on the market this holiday season, as reported by NBC 15 News. Safer means low or no lead, usually found in painted items made in China, along with a reduction in phthalates, a type of plastic, reduced by a mandatory standard. The government has been working with U.S. Customs to try and track shipments as they come into this country to make sure toys are in compliance.
The efforts seem to be working. There were 44 toy recalls in 2010, reports NBC 15, and 50 toy recalls in 2009, down from 172 recalls in 2008.
Those recalls often followed injury and death which hit a high in 2007 and 2008 when there were 24 toy-related fatalities. By 2009 that number had dropped to 12 deaths, which is still too many. Deaths were attributed to powered riding toys, drowning, motor vehicle accidents or obstruction of the airway from a small toy or part of a toy.
All of that sounds comforting but at the same time the federal agency states toy-related injuries are on the rise. The CPSC reported 186,000 ER visits by children under the age of 15 were injured by toys last year. By comparison there were 152,000 toy-related injuries in 2005. Injuries include abrasions, laceration, and contusions from sharp toy parts.
If your child has been injured by a toy, it may be because the product was defective. The Florida product liability lawyers at Farah & Farah remind you that no product is supposed to hurt the user under product liability law. Our attorneys can help you determine if you have a viable product liable lawsuit to file against the manufacturer or distributor of the dangerous toy that harmed your child.