• Jan
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    Hidden Dangers of Children’s Toys

    Product Liability

    Childhood is a time of discovery, and toys are one of the most important tools that we provide to our children to help them learn and grow. Toys can advance fine motor skills. They help to educate and to expand creativity. They encourage exercise and inquisitiveness.  Not every toy is considered educational, but it doesn’t have to be oriented towards learning to add to a child’s understanding of the world. so there’s no such thing as a bad toy – unless, of course, the toy is dangerous. There are many toys that are poorly designed, made with dangerous materials or little insight into the damage that they can potentially cause. Dangerous toys can lead to tragedy. The product liability attorneys at Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr, LLC are committed to protecting you and your loved ones from the hidden dangers of children’s toys, some of which are listed below.

    • Many of today’s toys are made of plastic, and this plastic can contain harmful materials. A 2008 study conducted by a Michigan-based consumer-safety program revealed that one out of every three toy that they tested contained potentially harmful levels of lead, cadmium and phthalates, all of which can lead to serious long term health problems.
    • The Sight and Sound Hearing Association issues an annual list of “Top 20 worst toys” for hearing loss. This is a result of the large number of children’ toys that are so loud that they have the potential of damaging a child’s hearing.
    • According to the non-profit organization World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH), toy guns with projectile ammunition cause hundreds of eye injuries every year, and toy helicopters, boomerangs and other flying toys easily come into contact with a child’s head or face and cause serious injury.

    Most parents tend to think of a toy’s dangers in terms of small parts that can present choking hazards. They assume that federal regulations and oversight protect their child from dangerous materials and other risks. Unfortunately, the rules regarding the chemicals that can be used in children’s toys are not as tough as many people assume, and those laws do not address issues such as negligence in design or manufacturing process, or in terms of safety warnings and instructions on proper use. These issues are generally not addressed until after a potential for injury is already discovered and a recall is issued, and in some cases this is too late.

    All parents are dedicated to their children’s happiness and safety, and the idea that what you give your child to advance their joy can also be a source of pain. If your child has been injured by an unsafe toy, you may be eligible for compensation for the medical expenses and other damages that have been incurred. At Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr, LLC, we are here to help. Call us today to set up a free consultation to discuss your situation and learn more about your rights.

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