Dangerous Baby Products and Toys

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 21-Nov-2012

As Christmas and the holidays approach, shopping for toys and gifts for children is on the top of some of our lists. But while we all may assume toys and baby products being sold for use by children and infants are safe, a recent report by a consumer watchdog company proves otherwise.

According to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (USPIRG), they tested toys, currently on the market, discovering lead, phthalates, cadmium and other dangerous chemicals that can have detrimental effects on a child’s development. In addition, they discovered toys and products that posed a serious choking risk to babies and children and toys.

Noisy toys may seem harmless, albeit irritating, but instead, some toys and products that emit noise must meet requirements regarding the decibels released when close to children, since overly noisy toys can negatively affect a child’s hearing.

Take a look at some of the following considerations recommended by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:

  • Fabric toys or those containing or made from fabric should be flame retardant, check labels on potential toys.
  • Paint on toys should be lead free (though some watchdog organizations have challenged the claims of some companies producing painted toys).
  • Look for art materials that are made of non-toxic materials (they should be labeled as such).
  • Art materials (including paints and crayons) should all be tested by the American Society for Testing and Materials.
  • While you may not be able to check the decibels on toys, steer clear of really noisy toys and products, which can be damaging to a child or baby’s hearing.
  • Battery cases on toys should be secured with screws to prevent children from accessing them (since battery fluids can be a serious hazard and batteries themselves can pose a choking hazard).
  • Look for age appropriate toys. While some suggestions may be related to developmental stages, many suggestions are tied to small pieces and parts and other hazards that may not be appropriate for small children and babies.

If your child has been injured as a result of a bad baby product or defective product or children, call our defective baby product attorneys in Texas at 254-633-2983, contact our product liability law firm in Texas online or visit one of the 10 office locations for our Texas personal injury law firm. We care. We can help.

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