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Has your child been injured by a defective toy?

On Behalf of | Jul 21, 2023 | Personal Injury

Every parent likes to spoil their child from time to time and buying new toys is part of this process. The last thing you expect a toy to do is injure your child.

Sadly, there are over 200,000 toy-related accidents involving children each year in the U.S. that require emergency medical treatment. Some of these toy-related accidents are the result of defects. Outlined below are some of the more commonly reported defects in toys.

Choke hazards

Young children are especially notorious for putting items in their mouths. There are even teething toys specifically for these purposes. However, not every toy is suitable for this, particularly those that comprise smaller components. If the components of a teething toy become loose, then it is no longer fit for purpose as it presents a significant danger to the child. Even under supervision, it only takes a split second for a loose part to be swallowed by the child and potentially obstruct their airway.

Electrical faults

More advanced toys may be powered by battery or electricity. This can give the toys exciting functions such as noises, interactive activities and flashing lights. Nonetheless, it also means that these toys are hazardous if something goes wrong. An electrical toy risks starting a fire and burning the child or causing them to be electrocuted.

The importance of warning labels

It’s impossible to eliminate all risks but they can be minimized. Where there may be potential dangers, toy manufacturers have a legal duty to alert consumers and market toys to appropriate age categories.

If a defective toy has injured your child, then you may be able to lodge a defective product claim against the manufacturer. Seek legal guidance to find out more information.