Study: Child Toys Cause Injury Every 3 Minutes in U.S.

An alarming new study indicates injuries caused by children’s toys is a fast-growing problem. In fact, the number of toy-related injuries has shot up by nearly 40 percent since 1990, according to the latest edition of Clinical Pediatrics.
With more than 3 million children treated in hospital emergency rooms for toy-related injuries over the course of more than a decade, that breaks down to one child every 3 minutes. Study authors say that is in fact a low estimate because it does not include the number of children who seek treatment in urgent care centers, doctor’s offices or not at all.

It also doesn’t encompass the number of children who died as a result of toy-related injuries, which according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission occur most often in association with small-part choking hazards, balloon asphyxiations and riding toys, such as push scooters.

Also deeply troubling: More than half of those who are hurt are under the age of six.

Greenville child injury attorneys understand the conclusions published in the recent journal were reached by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy, which culled information from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System dating back to 1990.

The kind of injuries children most often suffered varied greatly depending on their age, authors reported. For example, young children (infants and toddlers) were most likely to choke on small toy parts. Meanwhile, older children were more likely to get hurt while they were playing on riding toys, like tricycles, scooters and wagons.

In fact, riding toys reportedly accounted for more than 40 percent of all injuries to children between the ages of 5 and 17.

Choking injuries, meanwhile, occurred an average of 14 times a day among children younger than 5.

When all ages were considered, falls and collisions were the most common cause of serious injury.

Study authors indicated scooters were one of the main reasons child injuries have risen so sharply in recent years, accounting for one injury every 11 minutes in the country. That trend started in 2000, which was around the time scooters first gained a popularity foothold among American youth.

Of course, not all injuries that occur in association with toys is necessarily caused by the toy or an inherent flaw or defect with the toy. However, this is certainly a possibility all parents need to explore in the wake of an accident. Consider that just in 2007 alone, there were more than 30 million toys recalled.

On the one hand, that tells us regulators have grown increasingly vigilant about calling out manufacturers that make unsafe products. On the other hand, that also indicates there is a serious problem with regard to unsafe child products on the market.

The CPSC in its 2013 Toy Report indicated that year there were nine reported toy-related deaths and 256,700 toy-related injuries treated in hospital emergency room departments.

Contact our South Carolina personal injury lawyers at Lee Law Offices today by calling 800-887-1965.

Additional Resources:
Every Three Minutes, a Child Sustains a Toy-Related Injury, Dec. 1, 2014, By Paula Mejia, Newsweek
Toy-related injuries send a record number of kids to the E.R.. Dec. 4, 2014, By Henry Kimball, CNN

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