It is Easter time; a time in which families gather together to hunt for
Easter eggs and enjoy multi-colored toys. Though this family-fun pastime
has been celebrated for years, sometimes these celebrations can put children
at risk. According to a study published by the journal
Clinical Pediatrics, researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide
Children’s Hospital have found that in the United States, children
are treated in the emergency room for a toy-related injury every three
minutes. This is roughly 66,000 children under the age of 3 years old annually.
Each Toy Presents Different Hazards Depending on Age and Maturity of Child
According to the study, which evaluated the statistics on consumer product
injuries and hospital visits within a hundred hospital network, children
consistently wind up in the emergency room because of a specific type
of hazard associated with the age of the child. For example, toy-hazards
associated with young children relate to choking hazards presented by
smaller pieces within small toys. In young children under the age of 5,
an estimated 14 incidents per day involve children choking on tiny toy parts.
Older Children are More Likely to be Injured from Riding Toys, Foot-Powered Scooters
Older children, who are more mobile, find themselves injured in incidents
involving ride-on toys such as scooters, tricycles, and wagons. Of the
injuries sustained by children between the ages of 5 and 17, riding toys
accounted for 42%. 46% of these riding toys led to injury due to falling,
while 22% of these injuries from riding toys were due to collisions. Riding
toys and injuries associated with them have risen since 2000 with the
innovation in foot-powered scooters. Foot-powered scooters are responsible
for injuries every 11 minutes, and the study found that throughout the
duration of the study, almost 22 years, the injury rate rose by almost
40% just due to foot-powered scooters.
In another study published by the
Baltimore Sun, the numbers suggested that falls were a more common occurrence and reason
a child may end up in a hospital, at almost 80% of all injuries, with
the injury affected the head, neck, and/or face of a child.
Dangers of Defective Toys
Toys with defects also have been responsible for plenty of child-injuries. The major problem
associated with toys with defects is that even with a recall, not many
parents know that the product may be dangerous for their child. There
is a greater push to publish more widely and through social media any
recall from companies to ensure that toys already purchased with the potential
to harm may be removed from the children’s play area.
The Dangers of Saving Toys, Regifting Toys, and Reselling Toys Online
Baltimore Sun study also finds that the reason why 80% of all recalled nursery products
stay in the home is because the items are either saved for younger siblings,
the items are gifted as second-hand items to others with new children,
or resold online. Without the recall occurring contemporaneously with
the receipt of the new product, it is more likely than not that the owners
of the product will be unaware of the dangerous characteristics of the
product. It is important for anyone who purchases products for their babies
checks the product recall list to ensure that the product is ultimately safe.
Charles County, MD Personal Injury Lawyers that Fight for You
Toys present multi-faceted dangers to young and older children. If a toy
injures a child, or your child was injured due to a product that has been
recalled, it is important to consult with an experienced personal injury
attorney about your possible claim. Please call the
Law Office of Robert R. Castro at (301) 804-2312 for a confidential consultation.