As shoppers hit the malls for Black Friday and the holiday shopping season which lies beyond, our Charlotte, North Carolina child injury lawyers urge parents to use caution when selecting toys and other child products to bring into the home.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled more than 160 child products and toys so far this year. Problems include choking hazards, lead paint, entrapment and amputation hazards and other dangers.
While the number of dangerous toys recalled this year has declined to 44, compared to the 50 that were recalled last year and the 172 recalled in 2008, the number of serious injuries is on the rise.
Last year, 12 deaths were reported as a result of defective child products involving children under the age of 15. However, more than 186,000 children required emergency room visits after being injured by a child product last year, compared to the 152,000 injured in 2005.
Common injuries include contusions, abrasions and lacerations, most often to a child's head or face.
"By limiting metals and chemicals in toys and making the voluntary standard mandatory, CPSC has put safeguards in place for toys to better protect children," said Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. "The increase in injuries is a concern, and we want parents to make safe purchases and for children to be safe at play. To help keep what has been called the most wonderful time of the year happy and incident-free, CPSC is encouraging consumers to adopt a three-pronged safety approach."
Toy safety tips for North Carolina parents:
-Choose age appropriate toys.
-Purchase proper safety gear with bikes, skates. etc.
-Beware small parts and choking hazards.
-Keep toys for older children away from younger siblings.
A list of recalled child products in 2010 is available here.
A list of recalled toys in 2010 is here.
If you or a loved one is injured by a defective product in North Carolina, contact Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.