Tips for avoiding a deadly incident with a child’s toy

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that in 2013, there were approximately 256,700 injuries related to toys in Tennessee and across the country. Additionally, nine children 12 or younger that same year died in an incident associated with a toy. These toy-related deaths and injuries demonstrate the importance of ensuring that anything a child plays with is safe.

The USCPSC is entrusted with ensuring that any toy intended for use by kids 12 and younger must be tested by a third party and then certified. This helps to identify potential hazards, including lead, unsafe parts and defects.

Beyond that, there are steps that parents and guardians may take. The group World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc., suggests keeping a close eye on the following: 

  •        Toys that project, such as guns or slingshots, as these can cause eye injuries or other wounds.
  •        Toys with hair or fur that young children could accidentally ingest, leading to aspiration.
  •        Toys that are marketed to children younger than 8 that have batteries, because batteries could explode, overheat or leak.
  •        Toys with strings 6 inches or longer, which are a strangulation threat.
  •        Toys with the possibility of toxic components, such as children’s makeup, which may contain known poisons.

Should tragedy strike, a family should know that Tennessee law enables them to hold negligent manufacturers responsible. For example, a child’s makeup that contains toxic substances could be viewed as a dangerous product in a court of law. A wrongful death lawsuit may not bring back a child, but it can compensate a family for their loss and potentially help prevent others from suffering the same fate.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Bart Durham Injury Law

You Deserve To Be Paid For What You've Gone Through

Our attorneys have more than 75 years of experience helping people like you.

Results For Our Clients

  • $3 Million Settlement - Passenger Hit By A Drunk Driver
  • $1 Million Judgment - Passenger Hit By A Drunk Driver
  • $1,450,000 Settlement - Passenger Hit By A Truck
More Client Results

Testimonials

  • "All of the staff members at Bart Durham Injury Law are very friendly and great to work with. They have open lines of communication with their clients, and respond in a timely manner. I trust them with my legal matters, and would advise anyone else in need of a lawyer to contact them first." - Julia Batson
  • "Bart Durham has a great team of people who are quick to respond and quick to help. The first time I met with them, they were kind and welcoming, and really listened to what I had to say. After my accident, I wasn't sure what to do, or how to get started. They took me through the process step by step, and got me the help I needed to continue on with my life. This is a friendly team with a dedication to helping people, and I'm so thankful for them!!" - Kara Davidson
More Testimonials