We’re now entering the festive season and you’re looking forward to spending it with the family. You have young children and purchasing fun toys for them this year is at the top of your list of priorities.
Toys may seem like harmless objects, but the reality is that there are thousands of toy-related injuries and deaths every year. Many of these injuries and fatalities result from the manufacturer’s negligence. Outlined below are some of the more common toy-related hazards.
Some toys dissemble so that children can reconstruct them and take them apart over and over, which is part of the fun. However, small components of toys have the potential to be choking hazards.
Manufacturers have a duty to warn consumers about potential choking hazards. They should also ensure they are advertising their products to children of the appropriate age range. If your child choked and an adequate warning of choking hazards was not provided, then this could be considered negligence by the manufacturer.
Traditional toys are still popular but many modern sources of fun rely on a source of electricity. Some toys need a mains electricity supply for the child to reap the full benefits. When electricity is involved, there is little margin for error.
A defect with the wiring or other electrical components of a toy could prove to be fatal. It’s important to note that battery-operated toys, while perhaps not leading to as many fatalities, can still result in severe injuries like electrical burns.
Manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure that every possible safety precaution has been taken with the toys they produce. If your child has been hurt, make sure you explore your legal options.