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Defective Toys: Don't Let Them Ruin Christmas!

Steve Wagner

In recent years, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has been working hard to ensure the safety of toys that go into the hands of American children, and the work they are doing has made phenomenal improvements in the reduction of injuries and deaths due to defective or dangerous toys.

Over the past five years, CPSC, in partnership with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have prohibited over 9.8 million units of around 3,000 toys from entering the hands of children. These toys were all deemed defective, or manufactured below the United States’ safety standards. Because these toys violated standards, they were kept out of stores completely.

So far in 2013, the CPSC has issues 31 recalls for toys, and none of those recalls were due to lead violations. In past years, lead violations were much higher, as well as the general number of toy recalls due to safety violations discovered after the toys were sold. In 2008, 172 toys were recalled, 19 because of lead violations. In 2009, 50 toys were recalled, 14 for lead violations. In 2010, 46 toys were recalled, with only 4 recalled for lead. In 2011, 34 toys were recalled, 4 were for lead violations. And in 2012, 38 toys were recalled, and only 3 of those recalls were due to lead violations.

With the progress the CPSC is making, they hope to eliminate the need for recalls in the near future, as recall numbers are dwindling each year. With stringent requirements and testing processes, organizations like this one are working hard to make sure our children are protected and the items they get for Christmas will bring them joy, not harm.

However, sometimes problems are missed, and sometimes toys are defective. That fault lies directly on the toy manufacturers, as they know the requirements for toy safety, and sometimes skirt around those requirements to make cheaper toys and increase their bottom line.

Has your child been injured by a defective toy? Were you one of the 192,000 toy-related injuries reported by United States’ emergency rooms last year? If so, you may be eligible to receive compensation to assist in paying your medical bills and helping your child reach a full recovery. Give the product liability lawyers at Wagner Reese a call and schedule your free consultation today.


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