One of the ways parents can make sure that their children are safe is by checking the toys that they play every day. Though toy manufacturers should make sure that their products are safe, there are some situations that their products fail to meet such standards that may pose risks to its intended users.
It is important to note that toys can be deceiving and parents may overlook its dangers due to its innocent-looking nature. Parents should make sure the toys of their children are appropriate for their age. A toy intended for children ages 1 to 3 years old can be considered defective if it contains small parts that can be accidentally swallowed. The website of the Abel Law Firm says that children may suffer injuries from toys that are inappropriate for their age. Parents should be aware that young children are fond of putting objects in their mouth. Toys are also defective in nature if it easily breaks and broken parts tend to be sharp. Toys that are intended to use by toddlers that have strings, ribbons or zippers can also cause injuries. Children are at high risk of strangulation injuries when their toys have strings or ribbons like those found in toy dolls. Children are also at risk of choking when their stuffed toys have a zipper where they might accidentally access its stuffing through a zipper. Toys are defective in nature if it does not have proper labeling or warnings in the packaging to alert parents and their kids of possible dangers mostly those plastic toys that looked like foods.
Though other toy defects like chemical contamination are harder to detect, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) continues to update its list regarding defective toys that may contain lead or mercury. Parents whose children suffer toy-related injuries should immediately bring their child to a medical facility for treatment. A child who sustained injuries from playing a defective toy should get immediate treatment.