‘Tis the season…to shop for toys.
Parents and consumers are reminded to take care when purchasing toys for the younger ones on their holiday shopping lists this year. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), more than 2 million dangerous toys were seized in 2012 alone.
Many of the dangerous and defective toys come into the U.S. from overseas. According to this MSNBC article, over the past for years, CPSC and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have prevented more than 8.5 million units of about 2,400 different toys and children’s products from entering the U.S. due to safety hazards or the failure to meet federal safety standards. Fortunately, by seizing the dangerous toys and children’s products at the point of entry, these products remain off store shelves and out of the hands of children.
In the article, CPSC Chairman Tenenbaum and CBP Commissioner Aguilar urge parents to remain vigilant when making toy purchases and recommend that consumers always keep safety at the top of their toy shopping list.
Along with government officials, consumer advocacy groups are also warning parents of the importance of prioritizing safety when it comes to purchasing toys. For instance, a prevalent consumer advocacy group recently warned parents and other consumers about the three key dangers of toys this holiday season: choking hazards, toxic components, and possible damage to children’s ears.
According to Jenny Levin, an advocate for Maryland Public Interest Research Group, “choking toys are still the most prominent (hazardous toys) in the market this holiday season.”
According to data compiled by the Maryland Public Interest Research Group, choking remains the leading cause of toy-related injuries and deaths. In fact, more than 200 children died from choking incidents between 1990 and 2011. Common choking hazards include small toy parts, small balls, and toys that contain magnets.
Toxic chemicals are also a major concern, as they can be found not only in toys, but also in children’s clothing, lunch boxes, and backpacks. Chemicals such as lead and phthalates are particularly dangerous to small children who are more likely to put toys in their mouths and ingest the chemicals.
The Chicago product liability attorneys at Ankin Law Office, LLC are committed to protecting consumers from dangerous and defective products, including children’s toys, and we aggressively pursue any legal claims on behalf of the victims of dangerous and defective products. Contact our office at (312) 600-0000 to learn more about how to protect your family from dangerous toys.