Protecting Children from Unsafe Toys and Products
Ideally, as the website of Crowe & Mulvey LLP indicates, toys and products intended for children are designed and manufactured with care and consideration to avoid any health risk and other potential danger. However, certain situations and reported cases show that such an ideal scenario isn’t always true in real life. Just this past year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled around 17 million products for marketed towards the use of children. These items include toys, clothing, cribs, car seats, and play sets. All of them had defects or issues that failed to meet the safety standards and regulations mandated by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act resulted from the valiant efforts of the parents of a boy named Daniel Keysar. In 1998, a 16 month old Daniel died in a tragic accident caused by a defective crib collapsing on him. He was strangled and was suffocated by the Playskool Tavel-Lite crib he had been using. Upon learning that the product had been recalled by the CPSC five years prior to their baby’s death, Daniel’s parents rallied for stringent implementation of stricter safety policies. Their hard work paid off after about a decade since their son’s death. In 2008, the U.S. Congress passed a bill that imposed better regulations regarding product safety.
Despite better regulations, there are still times when certain issues slip through the cracks. When this happens, defective or unsafe products find themselves in the market. Faulty products can cause serious problems and injuries for children. For example, a child can have lead poisoning from a toy that made use of paint that fails to meet product safety standards. Without proper labels, a young child can also choke on a toy that was given to him or her by adults unknowingly. Another danger is the possibility of burns or electrical shock caused by electronic toys that are defective.
While parents can take extra care by checking product labels and fine print, it’s up to government regulators to ensure that all children’s products that are sold in the market are safe for use. In the same way, manufacturers also have the responsibility to adhere to policies imposed on them by law. If your child has suffered from an injury caused by a defective toy or product, don’t hesitate to seek out legal counsel in your area. Residents in Wisconsin, for example, can speak to a Milwaukee personal injury lawyer for more information.