As a parent, you know to keep your older child’s toys away from your newborn. Action figures and toy darts may be hours of fun for a pre-teen, but in the hands of an infant, they are accidents waiting to happen.
While this may seem like an obvious precaution, it may surprise you to know that many toy manufacturers are not as vigilant. Many toys that present choking hazards are marketed toward smaller children every year, including those that have:
- Small parts. One of the most common ways choking accidents occur are through small, removable parts of a toy that make their way into a child’s mouth. Plastic accessories to a larger toy may block a child’s airway, but danger also lurks in smaller toys themselves, such as baby rattles or other long, thin objects.
- Strings and cords. Pull toys have long plagued parents who worry about strangulation in smaller children, but any toy that has a cord or string could potentially cause a child to stop breathing. Even some toys that are meant to hang, such as mobiles, can pose strangulation risks if they fall into a child’s crib.
- Poor sewing. Regulations dictate that toys intended for very young children should not have any hard detachable parts. Unfortunately, many soft toys such as dolls and plush animals may have clothing or fabric accessories that are not properly attached, passing the requirements while still posing a choking hazard.
Why Are Unsafe Toys Still Available in Stores?
Like most businesses, toy companies are ultimately driven by profits—especially over the winter holidays. Christmas is their biggest and busiest time of the year, and some manufacturers may hasten product development in order to meet holiday deadlines. If a company willingly released an unsafe product, it may be held accountable for the injuries that product causes. The dangerous product lawyers at Wayne Wright can investigate your case and explain your legal options at no cost to you. Click the contact link on this page to find out how we can help.