The holidays are a wonderful time of year. Each of us has the opportunity to spend time with loved ones and friends, often while exchanging gifts.
As a Connecticut personal injury law firm, we all too often see cases involving defective and dangerous products. One product category that is of real concern this time of year is the toy category. Toys are great fun – but they can often pose very serious health hazards.
So what should you watch out for???
1. Choking hazards
Choking is a very common cause of toy related deaths. It is very important that the toys you purchase for very young children (under 3) do not contain small parts that can be placed in the mouth and swallowed. Bigger is definitely better for this age group. If a toy or any part of a toy can fit through a toilet paper roll – do not give it to a young child.
Also – never give young children small balls, balloons or even broken balloons. When swallowed they will often completely obstruct a child’s airways.
2. Avoid Magnetic Toys With Powerful Magnets
Magnets can often fall out of toys – and to a small child, look like candy. If a child swallows more than one magnet – those magnets can lock onto each other and cause life threatening conditions. If a child swallows even one magnet, seek immediate medical attention.
3. Stay Away From Watch or “Button” Batteries
These small batteries are bad in many ways. In particular – if swallowed, the chemicals in the batteries can leach out causing serious harm.
4. Strangulation Hazards – Cords, Drawstrings, and Mobiles
Cords: Remove knobs and beads from cords longer than one foot to prevent the cords from tangling into a dangerous loop.
Drawstrings: Clothing with drawstrings on the hood can get caught on playground equipment and other objects and create a choking hazard.
Mobiles: Mobiles often use strings and wires to suspend playful objects. Keep all mobiles away from infants and remove them entirely once a child can sit up on their own.
5. Lead and Other Toxic Chemicals
Sadly – many toys manufactured in Asia and elsewhere may contain toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium, as well as phthalates – even though toys containing those substances are illegal. High levels of lead are often found in vinyl lunch boxes and bibs, and in children’s costume jewelry as well.
Also, always read the labels of play cosmetics and avoid products with xylene, toluene, or dibutyl phthalate.
Finally – stay informed of recalls. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recalls numerous toys and children’s products each year. Check www.recalls.gov for an archive of old recalls and to sign up to receive email alerts of new recalls.
If you or someone you love are ever injured by a defective product in Connecticut, it is important to gather all the information you can and then call a qualified Connecticut personal injury lawyer. A knowledgeable Connecticut personal injury lawyer can help to ensure that your rights are protected.
RisCassi & Davis has handled hundreds of defective product cases over our more than 55 years serving the people of Connecticut.
What’s more, all of our attorneys have been honored by inclusion in the 2012 New England Super Lawyers and Rising Stars… and the Hartford law firm of RisCassi and Davis is “Top Listed” in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® with the most listed attorneys representing injury victims in personal injury law in Hartford. The firm is also ranked a Tier 1 law firm in Hartford in Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.” Click here to learn more about the honors and recognition we have received.