Florida Personal Injury Attorneys: Could Your Child’s Toys Present a Choking Hazard?

by Carmen Dellutri on October 19, 2011

Florida personal injury attorneyEach year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) receives about 15 reports of choking deaths to children under age 3. Many of these deaths involve common items such as small toys, toy parts, balloons, balls, and marbles. As Florida personal injury attorneys, we are all too aware that while toys are supposed to be fun and educational, they can often be dangerous.

Since choking has long been the leading cause of toy-related deaths to young children, the CPSC requires age-appropriate labeling on toys and products for older children that contain small parts. In addition, the agency also issues safety recalls when toys are found to be defective and/or pose hazards for children.

Just this week, the CPSC announced a recall of about 1.7 million Little Tikes toy tool sets and trucks, citing a choking hazard from toy nails. An additional 1.6 million toy tool sets and trucks with the plastic toys nails were recalled in 2009 for the same reason. The new voluntary recall involves another 11 models of Little Tikes' Workshop and tool sets.

The new recall was prompted by reports that there were two additional incidents prior to the 2009 recall, both involving children who required treatment in a hospital after the toy nail became lodged in their throats. For more information on the recall, you can go to the Little Tikes website available here.

In addition to keeping an eye out for safety recalls, parents and caregivers can also take the following steps to ensure their children play safely:

  • Keep small objects like small toys and parts of toys, marbles, balloons, small balls, and coins off the floor and out of reach of children.
  • Toys designed for older children should be kept out of the hands of little ones.
  • Follow labels that give age recommendations; these age recommendations are based on safety concerns.
  • Teach older children to help keep their toys away from younger siblings.
  • Check the eyes and noses of stuffed animals to ensure they are properly secured.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If your child or someone you love has been seriously injured by a defective toy or other product, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Florida injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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