Toys aid children in learning about their surroundings. Through toys, they feel and learn to distinguish shapes, appreciate colors, listen to sounds and feel texture (and, sometimes, even taste whatever they can get their hands on). It is very important, therefore, that the toys parents give them are totally safe, free of choking hazards and pointed edges, and do not contain any toxic substance.
To help ensure the safety of children, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) determines the allowed sizes of toys, limits for toxicity and noise (due to the very loud noise produced by some items), the inaccessibility of the toy’s batteries and magnets, removal of sharp edges or parts that can wound a child, and the display of clear product labels that warn about the toy’s possible dangers.
In 2014 the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), a non-profit organization, released “Trouble in Toyland,’ a report which highlighted potentially hazardous toys and issued tips to parents on how to make sure that they get to purchase safe toys for their children.
W.A.T.C.H., which stands for World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc., is another non-profit organization that is committed to providing the public with helpful information on dangerous children’s products, at the same time protecting children from any harm. W.A.T.C.H. also notifies the public about the different types of dangers found in many children’s toys and products, and recreational activities.
Thousands of harmful children’s toys, however, remain to be sold all across the nation. In 2005 alone, children’s toys caused 20 deaths and about 202,300 injuries, based on data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System of the CPSC.
According to the law firm Mazin & Associates, PC, “Product liability litigation is a complex and ever-changing landscape. When a defective product reaches the hands of the consumer and causes injury, the entity responsible for such negligence could be anyone in the distribution chain, from the manufacturer to the product designer. The root cause of dangerous products usually stems from three areas: a manufacturer defect, a design defect, or a lack of proper warnings and directions that demonstrate safe use of the product. Defective products are generally borne out of negligence or a careless party failing to exercise the reasonable standard of care when handling the product. In serious cases, faulty products may cause serious injury or disability to anyone who uses them.
When a defective product has caused injury to you or a member of your family, it can be incredibly distressing. It is especially frustrating if you later learn that such an ordeal could have been prevented if certain parties had not acted negligently.
Product liability lawyers have a unique understanding of product liability laws. They advocate on behalf of faulty product victims, and have fought this battle for years. They can use our vast array of knowledge and resources to identify manufacturer mistakes and hold the responsible parties accountable.