According to the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were about 240,000 toy-related health issues in 2015 alone. This gives serious concern to the danger posed by toys to children. According to an experienced personal injury attorney in Florida, a plaintiff can file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of a particular toy if he can prove that the toy is defectively manufactured, defectively designed, or unreasonably dangerous.
Over the years, it has been observed that most of the dangerous toys are sold with inadequate warnings, sold with toxic materials or manufactured cheaply. This is why parents should not just purchase a toy because it is cheap. Many of the toys that are overly cheap pose serious health hazards.
Every personal injury attorney in Florida understands that when a lawsuit is filed against a company on the issue of defective toys, it usually involves every party in the chain of distribution. It involves the product designer, the manufacturer, and the distributor. So, if you are in the business of selling toys, be careful about the kind of toys you sell. You should not just focus on the toys with the highest profit. A single lawsuit can rob you of your monthly total profit.
According to the CPSC’s report, the types of toys that lead to injuries mostly are riding toys, rubber balls, balloons (especially the ones with strings), and toys with small parts (like lego) because these parts can block the airway and suffocate a child.
The body area that is usually affected in toy-related child injuries is the face as well as the head and the injuries are commonly abrasions, contusions, or lacerations. While the number of non-motorized scooter injuries has decreased tremendously, it is still a major concern especially in Florida.
The good news is that CPSC now works closely with the U.S Customs to prevent defective toys from getting into the United States. However, some of them still manage to slip through.
In the bid to prevent the entry of unsafe toys, over 745,000 toys were confiscated in 2017 alone. They were seized for not meeting the safety standards. Quite a considerable number of them were seized for having lead.
It is also important that parents play a role in this too. You need to adhere to age restrictions strictly. If a toy is said to unsuitable for a child below 3 years, don’t buy it for your child if he or she is not up to 3. It is in the best interest of the child. If you love the toy so much, you can buy it and keep it until the child turns 3. Some toy injuries have led to death. Even if you file a lawsuit against the manufacturer, no amount of money can bring back a dead child.