Dangerous toys pose a serious risk. Find out which ones are hazardous

Dangerous toys are more common than you might realize. Every three minutes, a child must be treated in an emergency room for an injury caused by a dangerous toy. In 2009, an estimated 186,000 children under 15 years old were treated in emergency rooms for toy-related injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In contrast, 152,000 children sustained toy-related injuries in 2005. Dangerous toys were linked to 12 deaths in 2009, down from 24 toy-related fatalities in 2007 and 2008, the CPSC reports.

The CPSC recalled 44 toys in fiscal year 2010, which ended Sept. 30. More have been recalled since then. Click here to find a complete list of recalled toys.

What makes a toy dangerous? Here are some common dangerous toy hazards:

• Choking hazard. Some toys designed for young children have small, detachable parts which children can put in their mouths. That’s why Fisher Price recalled several toys designed for young children.

• Lead paint. Toys that contain unsafe amounts of lead immediately prompt recalls by the federal government. Toys with dangerous amounts of lead paint recently recalled include Double Egg Shakers and Tiny Tink and Friends Children’s Toy Jewelry Sets, specifically the key chains that come with the Disney character toys.

• Fire hazard. Many electronic toys can be a fire hazard, especially if they do not recharge properly. That’s why the federal government ordered Radio Shack to recall Danbar Knight Hawk Toy Helicopters.
• Eye injuries. Sharp-edged toys or ones with projectiles can quickly become dangerous in the hands of a child. It’s the reason why one consumer group recently cautioned against buying Spy Gear Viper Blaster (which contains a dart gun) and DreamWorks Kung Fu Panda 3-1 Transformation Giant Warrior Weapon (“It’s just not a toy you want to hand to a child,” said Joan Swartz, co-founder of World Against Toys Causing Harm, which recently released its annual list of the 10 Most Dangerous Toys of the Year. Watch this video to see WATCH’s 10 Most Dangerous Toys of 2010.)

Injuries to children can be devastating. What would you do if your child was injured by a dangerous toy? You need someone familiar with handling such complicated cases. You need someone who understands state and federal safety regulations. You need someone determined to get results for your family. You need the Law Offices of James Morris.

The lawyers at the Law Offices of James Morris have years of experience representing seriously injured children. Companies have a responsibility to produce safe products. When they fail to do so, these corporations must be held responsible. Contact James Morris today. We mean business.

The information contained in this communication is provided for informational purposes only and should not be constituted as legal advice on any subject matter.

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