The U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently warned us of the dangers of defective Halloween costumes but the concerns don’t stop there for parents, guardians or caretakers this time of year. The holidays are fast approaching and soon it will be time to start thinking about what gifts and toys to buy for our little ones this holiday season.
Several recent CPSC toy recalls have been a reminder of just how many dangerous toys are on the market nowadays and that several can cause a severe injury to children in Bonita Springs, Lehigh Acres, Cape Coral or elsewhere in Florida.
Boca Raton defective toy product attorneys know that manufacturers have a responsibility to test and certify toys and children’s products that are being put on the market for retail and when they don’t comply with federal standards it can be downright deadly for a child. Children are most at risk of choking accidents but can also be subject to falls, fractures, bruising, burns, suffocation and poisoning.
In 2008, the CPSC reported 19 deaths related to defective toys for children 14 years-old or younger. The most common causes of toy-related deaths for children in 2008 were from airway obstruction, drowning and incidents on riding toys.
There were over 235,000 toy-related injuries severe enough to be treated in a hospital emergency room in 2008 which was almost 6,000 higher than the 3-year average from 2006-2008. Almost half of injuries treated were to the head and face and 47 percent of injuries were classified as abrasions, contusions or lacerations. Thirty-five percent of the children treated at the hospital were under age 5.
In order to improve child product safety and catch some of the hazards and defects before they get distributed to the market, the CPSC recently announced new third party testing and certification rules.
Manufacturers, labelers and retailers will now be subject to third party testing to ensure children’s products meet safety standards prescribed by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. They will also be required to keep up-to-date records on file for testing and certification, and undergo a re-test and re-certify process for any product that changes design, the source of its components or has changes made to the manufacturing process.
Consumers who are purchasing a toy for a young child this holiday season should keep in mind the dangers it could cause to the child’s health. To check if a product has been recalled for choking, fall, burn or other hazards, visit Toy Hazard Recalls.
Florida PIRG wants to remind parents, guardians, caretakers or other consumers that there are resources out there to help with holiday toy shopping. Use their interactive smart phone website while you shop to check on a recalled product, get tips about toy shopping or what hazards should be considered before you buy.