Keeping Defective Toys Off Your Child’s Holiday List

Recently, Inez Tenenbaum, Chairman for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and David Aguilar, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Deputy Commissioner, announced that there were approximated 2 million children’s toys that were seized in 2012.

Toys that were stopped from making it onto our store shelves because they were deemed violative, dangerous or defective. The stoppage of these devices surely helped to prevent some serious injuries and even some fatalities.

As we count down the days until Santa drops in, parents, relatives, friends, coworkers and Santa’s helpers are asked to review the latest product recalls with the CPSC. Our Fort Myers defective products attorneys are here to offer you some additional information regarding these recalls to help keep your family safe this holiday season.

Over the last 4 years, officials with the CPSC and with the CBP have helped to keep more than 8 million dangerous products out of our stores. Of those products, close to 2,500 of them were children’s products that didn’t meet federal standards. Even with all of this hard work, there were still products that made it into American’s homes and caused some serious injuries and deaths. For the products that officials miss, we’re asking parents to step in with the interception. Keep an eye on what your child is playing with and keep dangerous items away from them.

“Proactive port surveillance, strong toy standards, and educational efforts create a safer holiday toy shopping experience for consumers by keeping dangerous products off store shelves,” said Tenenbaum.

Recalled Toys:

-In 2012, there were close to 40 toys recalled.

-Three toys violated lead level standards.

-The number of toy recalls has declined since 2008.

-In 2008, there were more than 170 toy recalls.

-In 2009, there were 50 toy recalls.

-In 2010, there were more than 45 toy recalls.

-In 2011, there were nearly 35 toy recalls.

-The top causes for toy recalls are small parts that serve as choking hazards and sharp points that can scratch and cut children.

-There were close to 15 children who were killed in 2011 because of recalled toys.

-In 2011, there were more than 193,000 toy-related emergency department-treated injuries that happened to children who were under the age of 15.

-Children who were under the age of 15 were most commonly injured while using non-motorized scooters. These injuries most commonly included abrasions, lacerations and even contusions to the child’s head and face.

We’re asking parents to keep small toys or toys with small parts away from children. Don’t let them play with small balls or balloons either as these too serve as a serious choking hazard. If Santa brings a new bike, a pair of roller blades or any other kind of riding toy, make sure the proper safety equipment accompanies it.