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Defects to Look Out for in Children's Toys

 Posted on November 08, 2021 in Personal Injury

Grand Rapids Product Liability LawyerToys are supposed to be safe and fun objects for children to play with. People generally expect the products they pick up in the toy aisle to be safe for young ones. Unfortunately, there are careless toymakers who put children at risk by putting dangerous toys on the market. Dangerous design flaws may result in small parts that present a choking hazard, or an overseas manufacturer may cut corners and use paint that contains lead. Regardless of what makes the toy dangerous, sellers of unsafe commercial products are generally liable for injuries that result. If your child was injured by a dangerous toy, you should speak to an attorney as soon as you get the chance. 

What are the Most Common Defects in Children’s Toys? 

Toymakers have a duty to make sure that their products are safe for their intended users -- children. Because children are less sophisticated than adults, and toddlers are less sophisticated than older children, toymakers must consider the safety needs of each age group. While an adult or adolescent may be able to handle a toy safely, a young child may not. These common toy defects all pose a risk to children: 

  • Small parts - Very young children tend to explore the world by putting things in their mouths. Toys intended for this age group should be free of any small pieces that may detach and become a choking hazard. 

  • Sharp edges - Nothing on a toy meant for children should be sharp enough to cause a serious laceration or stab wound. Toys that include sharp blades or points may be unreasonably dangerous. Plastic blades or parts that spin can also cause cuts and other wounds, especially if a child’s hair or clothing becomes tangled. 

  • Toxic chemicals - Especially in products that were manufactured overseas, where safety standards may be less stringent, toxic paints or other chemicals may end up in toys. This is a particular risk for very young children who are inclined to put toys in their mouths or swallow small parts. Some toxic chemicals are flammable as well. 

  • Lack of instruction - Directions or safety warnings are needed to use some toys safely. Weight limits, for example, are very important on toys that are meant to be ridden or climbed on. Lack of a warning label about weight limits could lead to a child falling and getting hurt while on a toy that could not support his weight. 

Parents strive to keep their children safe. No one wants to see their child injured by a dangerous toy - but if it does happen, there is recourse. 

Call a Michigan Product Liability Lawyer

If your child was hurt by a defective or dangerous toy, John D. Tallman, PLC, Attorney at Law may be able to help you recover compensation. Working with an experienced Grand Rapids product liability attorney puts you on a path to receiving all the financial compensation your family may be entitled to. Call 616-361-8850 for a free consultation. 




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