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The holiday shopping season has officially begun, and children of all ages are filling out their wish lists. The parents and grandparents tasked with making wishes come true may want to check those lists for potentially dangerous toys. In the United States, a child is treated in the emergency room for a toy-related injury every three minutes.
Consumer safety group World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H.) recently released their annual list of hazardous children’s toys. While some may seem to pose obvious dangers; other toys on the list may come as a surprise.
In the United States, product testing is especially rigorous; toys need to meet strict safety standards before they ever reach consumers. Manufacturers and retailers are becoming more effective and efficient at notifying consumers of product recalls. However, when it comes to online sales, recalls are not always effective. Websites allowing consumers to sell directly to other consumers often lack protocol for dealing with dangerous or recalled toys.
Parents who are aware of the common safety risks facing young children are equipped to choose the best toys, games, and other products. Parents of young children should reconsider toys with small parts, long cords, or projectiles. Safety resources like the W.A.T.C.H. annual most dangerous toy list and online recall registries are a good way to stay on top of potentially hazardous toys on the market.
Defective toys cause catastrophic injuries to children every year. According to W.A.T.C.H., 15 hazardous toys representing two million units have been recalled in the United States. Consumers who are hurt by defective toys or missing safety warnings need to hold manufacturers liable. The most effective way to do this is to report potential hazards. If injuries do occur, victims may be entitled to compensation by filing a product liability lawsuit against the toy manufacturer or retailer.
The Wilmington personal injury lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow are dedicated to helping victims of negligence obtain the compensation they need and deserve. We will work tirelessly to recover medical and personal losses caused by a preventable injury. Call 302-427-9500 or contact us online to schedule a free evaluation of your case. We have locations in Wilmington, Bear, and Milford to serve clients throughout Delaware, including those in the communities of Dover, Elsmere, Georgetown, Glasgow, Middletown, Newark, New Castle, Seaford, and Smyrna, Delaware.