Tips for protecting your children from potentially defective toys | Bart Durham Injury Law

Tips for protecting your children from potentially defective toys

Children have plenty of toys to play with around the home and when in school. What many parents don't think about is the safety of the toys their children are using. Monitoring recall notices in the news is easier said than done. Parents can be on the lookout for defective toys without having to wait for a recall notice to hit the newspapers. Let's take a look at how this can be done.

When buying a new toy for a child, you need to read the safety instructions from top to bottom before letting them play with it. Parents should review the warnings on the toys and ensure that their children know how to use the toys the right way so as to avoid any possible injury.

All toys should be stored properly when they are not being used. This is especially important when trying to prevent children from choking on small parts or putting an electric toy into anything that has water.

All toys come with age warnings or limits on them. These should be reviewed by parents and given to the correct child based on their age. If the toy poses a choking hazard for a child under 3, don't let a child of that age play with the toy.

Batteries are required to operate quite a lot of toys. Batteries can corrode or fail easily, causing the toy to fail or malfunction, which could wind up leading to the injury of your children.

Finding different ways to spot issues with your children's toys before they harm them is a great way to keep them safe. If you spot any of the signs mentioned above, it's best to take the toy away from your child and contact a products liability attorney about the issue.

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