The leading causes of unintentional injuries and deaths among children in the U.S., as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are falls, drowning, burns, poisoning and motor vehicle accidents (which tops the list). Each year, more than 12,000 children die and at least 9.2 million are injured due to these causes. Equally dangerous as these causes are the many different products that people stuff in their homes. And it cannot be denied that so many of the different things that Americans purchase can be a possible source of severe injuries or even death. The thousands of injuries and deaths caused by these products can also be verified through the records of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). These products include home furniture and décor, tools, children’s outdoor activity equipment, sports equipment, inflatable amusements, nursery products and children’s toys.
From 2007 to 2010, millions of toys were recalled by the CPSC due to the dangers that these presented, like sharp edges that can cause lacerations, small parts that are considered choking hazards, and toxic substances and chemical contents that exceeded federal limits. The CPSC is charged with enforcing toy safety standards laws, laws that set the guidelines on: the required sizes of children’s toys; the inaccessibility of the toys’ batteries and magnets to small children; noise and toxicity limits; and, the display of labels containing the possible risks of choking hazards.
Unlike food, toy labels do not include the materials the toy was made from, and there is no definite law that requires manufacturers, whether local and foreign, to put on toys’ labels information regarding any possible harmful elements. Consumers, therefore, are left without any clue about the actual safety of the products that they buy (everyone, of course, assumes that all products made available in stores are totally safe).
All individuals have the legal and moral responsibility to act in ways that will never endanger another. Yet, in spite of the necessity to act responsibly and the existence of certain laws that are intended should keep everyone, especially children, from getting injured either through accidents or through the use of consumer products, injurious accidents and products still continue to harm many children.
The Benton Law Firm informs the family of a child, who has been injured in an accident or due to the use of a harmful toy, of its legal right to file a lawsuit against the responsible party. So many accidents occur and defective products continue to be manufactured and sold due to the grave negligence of some individuals. Before pursuing a legal action, however, it may be wiser to seek the help of a seasoned personal injury lawyer who will see to it that all the documents required in the lawsuit are intact, and that the child’s and his/her family’s rights and interests are very well defended.