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Decrease in Toy Recalls is Promising, But Some Problems Remain

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on December 7, 2011

The number of toy recalls in the United States has dropped steadily since 2008 when tough new regulations were put in place to restrict the amount of toxic heavy metals, like lead and other chemicals, in children’s toys. However, defective children’s toys are still out there, and adults buying toys for the children in their lives should examine them carefully before giving them to kids, according to a recent article in USA Today.

In 2008, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued 142 toy recalls due to defective parts or materials that could injure kids. In 2011, the CPSC issued only 34 toy recalls. The CPSC points to tougher regulations and greater enforcement as the reason for the decrease in toy recalls – there are simply fewer dangerous toys out there than there were three years ago, according to one spokesperson.

However, the number of deaths in the U.S. from toy-related injuries spiked in 2011, and the number of children injured each year by toys remains “alarmingly high,” according to the CPSC. In 2011, 17 children were killed by toy-related injuries, mostly choking on small parts; this number is a 30 percent increase from the year before. Over 180,000 children were taken to the emergency room in 2011 after being injured by a toy.

If you’re buying toys for children this holiday season, check them carefully for small parts and follow the manufacturer’s age recommendations. Wheeled toys, like scooters, bicycles, and skateboards, should always be used with a helmet and pads to prevent injuries. If you or someone you love is injured by a toy or other gift this holiday season, please don’t hesitate to call the experienced Seattle product injury lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. Our number is (888) 228-3860; the call is free and always confidential.

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