Toys should bring hours of enjoyment to children of all ages. Child toy safety is of the utmost importance and when toy recalls occur due to dangerous or defective parts, it is imperative that child care centers, day cares and parents be alerted about the potential dangers.
In an ideal world, kids would be able to enjoy toys without worrying about getting hurt. Unfortunately, malfunctioning parts, lead paint, small parts, and other issues can lead to life-altering injuries and wrongful deaths. Some of the types of child toy safety hazards include:
- Fire hazards
- Suffocation hazards
- Sharp object hazards
- Burn hazards
- Explosion hazards
- Choking hazards
In many cases, the product liability rests with the toy’s manufacturer in a child toy safety case. Inadequate pre-market testing, manufacturing flaws, a failure to provide adequate warnings about a product and a dangerous design could all lead to injuries. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 250,000 toy-related injuries were reported at emergency rooms across the United States in 2010, with nearly a third of them occurring in children under the age of five.
Young children are exposed to numerous toys throughout the day at home, day care and child care centers, school, and in friends’ homes. Product liability for children’s toy safety cases is determined on a case-by-case basis and depends on multiple factors. Sometimes, a lack of policy and/or procedures to keep children safe places the liability with the child care facility.
A large portion of child toy safety measures depend on selecting toys that are appropriate for your child’s age. Toys that a five-year-old would know not to put in their mouth could pose a hazard for toddlers that explore their world with their mouths. Child care and day care law mandates that these centers have regulations and routine inspections to ensure that all toys are age-appropriate. They must also provide constant supervision over all the children in their facility. Recalled toy lists should continuously be discussed by center directors as part of ongoing safety measures at day cares.
Parents and school administrators can take steps towards avoiding child toy safety issues by picking well-made toys, checking all toys for potential hazards, avoiding hazardous chemicals found in many cheaply made toys, and making sure that all toys are washable with strings, cords or ribbons less than six inches long. Most importantly, adults should ALWAYS supervise children whenever they play with toys of any kind.
If you believe that your child may have been injured by a defective toy or while playing in day care, contact the team at Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC in Mesa, Arizona today.