The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has established
a sophisticated system for determining toy safety, which involves imposing
strict requirements regarding the manufacturing, testing, and distribution
of toys. While these guidelines can give families a modicum of confidence
that the gifts they’re buying for their little ones this holiday
season should be safe, consumers still need to perform due diligence.
Here are some facts about toy safety that are unfortunately not yet common
knowledge. Commit these to memory (or print them out), so that you shop
safely for your children, nieces, nephews, grandkids and beyond:
- Balloons pose surprising safety hazards, since they can pop or deflate
and cause young children to choke or suffocate. Keep them away from kids
younger than eight.
- Before you purchase a toy or gift, check to determine whether it contains
small parts or whether it has been deemed suitable for children under
three. The product’s packaging should disclose this information.
- If you are giving a child a bike or other riding vehicle, include a helmet
and other appropriate safety gear as part of the gift – and require
them to wear it.
- After opening gifts on Christmas morning, get rid of packaging, ribbons
and wrapping paper that can pose choking hazards for young children.
- If your older children received gifts that aren’t appropriate for
young ones (such as Legos, which small children can swallow and choke
on) instruct the older kids on how to keep their new toys out of reach
of their younger siblings.
- Be sure to supervise all assembly of new toys to ensure they go together
correctly and to avoid accidents (and tantrums!).
For more information on holiday toy safety,
see this comprehensive post on toy recalls.
Please get in touch with our experienced
Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys to discuss how to obtain compensation for any damages you or your children
sustained due to defective or dangerous toys.