There are certain items parents will not let children have due to the potential choking hazards, such as marbles, button type batteries, latex balloons, coins, rings, tiny figures, small stones, and pen caps. But what about toys? Most people assume that because they purchased a child's toy from a retail store and the toy was manufactured by a well-known toy company that the item was probably made properly. This is not the case. Toys have been known to pose safety hazards to children in Iowa and throughout the nation due to dangerous and defective product designs.
The CDC estimates that about two billion toys are sold in the U.S. every year, and although most toys have been tested and are safe there are still some toys that have a potential for safety risks and are recalled every year.
Find Out if Your Child's Toy is Safe
Visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to view the list of toy and product recalls that could potentially affect your child's safety.
Who is at Greater Risk for Injury?
Children under the age of five years old are at the greatest risk for choking, and defective toys can pose a choking hazard to children and cause injury or even death. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission stated that 186,000 children ages 15 and younger were treated in emergency rooms for toy-related accidents in 2009, and in 2010, 44 toys were recalled.
We Can Help
If your child was injured due to a faulty toy that was improperly designed or manufactured, you should not have to deal with this alone. If the manufacturer poorly designed the toy or used bad materials, you may have a right to financial compensation for your child's injuries, medical bills, lost services, lost wages due to your time away from work, and more.
If your child has been injured by a defective toy, you should contact a Cedar Rapids personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. A skilled product liability lawyer can help you determine if you have a product liability case against the manufacturer. Contact the law offices of Brady Preston Gronlund, who will stand up to the large toy manufacturer on your behalf. Call (319) 866-9277 for a free legal evaluation today.