Every parent wants their child to enjoy the holiday season by opening up the coolest, newest, and cutest toys, games, and gifts on the market. If you are still thinking of toys to add to Santa’s list, then you should first take a moment to make certain they are safe to use. Each year, toys of all sorts are recalled around the holidays due to unseen hazards, often caused by manufacturing defects. Knowing what can cause a danger upfront and avoiding those toys, or taking steps to correct them after they are opened.
Common health hazards posed by dangerous holiday gifts include:
- Suffocation: Small parts of a toy that are either packages loosely or can come loose from the main body of the product can be ingested by a curious child, posing a significant choking hazard. Always look for small bits in a toy’s packaging that could be easily be eaten but not swallowed by a child. When in doubt, avoid toys with small parts altogether, especially if you have a toddler.
- Laceration: Metal toys with thin or jagged edges can cause serious cuts if mishandled. Thick plastic packaging common for many holiday gifts can also cause a laceration. Open all toys for your children if they contain packaging that could cause an injury.
- Electrocution: Toys, games, and other devices with batteries and electrical components that light up and make sound may be a shock hazard. Do not allow your children to take such toys into the bathtub or shower. You should also be careful to leave electronic toys out of the sun.
- Eye injury: Severe eye injury can occur if a projectile fired by a toy strikes someone in the eye. You should test the projectile strength of toy guns and action figures against a pillow or standing plastic bottle. Anything that seems strong enough to cause harm should not be used by a young child.
- Lead exposure: Be mindful that some holiday toy products may still contain lead paint. This is most often true in toys made in countries with lax safety standards. Check out https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls to see if any products you purchased as a holiday gift is recalled for lead or other hazards.
Florida Product Liability Attorney Wes Pittman
If you or your child are seriously injured by a defective toy or product this holiday season, call (850) 764-0383 to let Attorney Wes Pittman of The Pittman Firm, P.A. know what happened. With his 30+ years of legal experience, you may be able to pursue fair and maximized compensation from the negligent toy company that manufactured the dangerous product. Start your case today by scheduling a free, no-obligation case evaluation with his firm.