With the holidays just around the corner, many are out shopping for gifts and cards for loved ones. Black Friday sales put many people out-and-about on the hunt for savings and bargains. There is one precaution that buyers should take, especially when buying toys for children...
In the 2015 year, more than 19 toys were recalled. This means that over 800,000 units of toys were put on the shelves of your favorite department stores and sold to unsuspecting consumers. Always be aware of faulty toys and product recalls before buying for young children.
What is on the list?
For decades, every year the World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH) has released the year's most dangerous toys. This year's toys range anywhere from pillows to toys with small parts to toy guns. Each year, nearly 65 percent of all toy sales takes place around the holiday season.
WATCH is urging parents to be cautious all year round when buying toys for children.
In a 22 billion dollar industry, toy safety should be a precaution, not an afterthought. However, this is not always the case. Some of the top reasons for the lack of toy safety are:
- Inconsistencies with safety warnings
- Impractical safety warnings
- Manufacturer errors or defects
- Unsafe designs
- Inadequate premarket testing and safety standards
It is up to the designers, manufacturers and safety inspectors to keep harmful toys out of the hands of parents and children.
What parents can do
Stay aware. The best thing you can do is stay up-to-date when buying toys for children. Doing research can help prevent the purchase of a potentially unsafe toy. Often times there are toy recalls that do not make the news, so parents are unaware that their child may have a faulty toy.
Before buying always look at the safety warnings, usually on the back of the box. Most importantly, listen to these warning. Don't buy a toy for a young child that may have choking or suffocation hazards. In addition, it is not suggested that parents buy toys for children younger than the suggested age range either.
If there are no safety warnings, this doesn't necessarily mean that the toy is safe or fault-free. Some toys lack proper safety warnings, so always be cautious.
There is no excuse for a child to suffer from an injury, illness or even death from a toy. It is up to safety regulators, safety standards and the manufacturers to ensure their product is safe for all ages.
If a faulty toy affected a loved one, an attorney can help fight your case. An experienced product liability lawyer will be able to help analyze the technical details of your case. They will protect your rights and help ensure that your loved one is fairly compensated for their pain and suffering. Companies who allow faulty toys into the market should be held liable for the harm that they cause.