Parents and families enjoy showering young kids with presents during the holidays, and these presents are nearly always some type of toy. Although toys are the popular, go-to gift for most people, it's important to remember that children's toys and product can place kids at risk of suffering harm, especially if they're defectively designed or manufactured.
According to a recently published study from the Nationwide Children's Hospitals, injuries caused by children's toys are incredibly common - occurring once every 3 minutes in the U.S. Because kids are prone to getting hurt, and because certain toys may be dangerous for certain children, it becomes the responsibility of parents and adults to make child safety a top priority.
The following tips can help you and your loved ones keep children safe this holiday season:
- Check for Recalls - Just as with other types of consumer products, children's toys can be recalled if they pose an inherent danger to kids who play with the toys. For example, some children's toys are recalled due to risks for choking, swallowing, cutting, and other reasons. You can check if a toy has been recalled by searching online using the CPSC website (Consumer Product Safety Commission).
- Do Your Research - Do your due diligence whenever you plan on buying a child a toy. Make sure to look online for reviews about the particular product. The reviews can provide insight about the safety of the toy and whether it may cause any injuries to others.
- Follow Age Restrictions - Child injuries often occur when young kids use toys designed for older children. Make sure you follow age restrictions and choose age-appropriate toys.
- Supervision is Key - Supervision is crucially important when children are playing with toys, particularly if the toy may be dangerous or risky, when children are younger, and when children are just learning how to use a toy.
- Talk about Safety - Talk to your kids openly about safety. Make sure you read instructions and ensure that your child knows how to properly use a toy. You can also remind kids about the importance of wearing protective gear, especially if they are using riding toys. The Nationwide Children's Hospital study noted that riding toys cause more child injuries than any other children's product.
These simple tips can help you better protect the safety of your children when they enjoy their toys this holiday season. If you have questions about your rights after a preventable accident - including accidents involving children's products - The Daspit Law Firm is here to help.