It is a common mistake for parents to assume that a product is safe simply because it is sold at a reputable store. The truth is that there are many potentially dangerous toys that make it into the marketplace. An annual report released by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) states that there are still a number of toys for sale in stores today that can prove hazardous. For example, there are toys marketed for children under 3 years of age that have parts which can come apart and pose choking hazards. There are even toys that have small magnets, which can be lethal if ingested.
When purchasing toys this holiday season, there are a number of steps you can take to protect your child. It is important to read the label and to ensure that you are only buying age-appropriate products. Many toys have parts that break apart that can cause substantial harm to a young child. It is also wise to read reviews of the toy online before making a purchase. Consumers may have already posted about their safety concerns with the product.
It is also important to stay abreast of product recalls through the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) website: http://www.cpsc.gov/. If the authorities receive enough complaints about a product, they will launch an official investigation. In cases involving defective products, the CPSC can force the at-fault manufacturer to recall the potentially dangerous toy.
If your child is injured as a result of a dangerous or defective toy, it is important that you speak with an experienced attorney who will protect your best interests. Financial compensation may be available for your losses. The skilled Georgia product liability attorneys at Wayne Grant, P.C. provide free consultations at (404) 995-3955 to anyone who has been injured by a defective product. Please call our offices today to discuss your legal rights and options.