When a child in Orlando, Winter Park or surrounding areas receives a toy as a gift, he or she is probably going to be eager to play. Parents, however, need to take a more practical approach to responding to new gifts that their kids receive over the holiday season. An accident lawyer in Orlando knows that there are a lot of toys that can turn out to be dangerous and that may put children at risk of getting hurt or even killed. Parents need to make sure that any new products brought into their home are not going to compromise the health and safety of their children.
Prevention of Toy-Related Injuries
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has the job of trying to keep unsafe toys off of U.S. shelves. The agency has instituted strict rules in recent years in order to try to avoid having hazardous products make it to the marketplace. For example, toys must undergo testing at independent labs to look for things like excess lead. When a toy from out of the country has not undergone or passed the required testing, U.S. Customs can keep it from coming into the United States.
Because of its crackdowns on keeping dangerous toys off the marketplace shelves, the CPSC has generally touted the good news about a reduction in deaths due to toy-related problems. In a 2013 report, the agency indicated that there were just nine kids killed because of toys over the course of 2013. Seven of those who lost their lives died due to asphyxiation and 22 percent died while they were on a riding toy at the time of the fatal accident.
Although it is good that the death toll was down last year, the fact is that there were still too many lives lost. There were also a total of 256,700 kids who got hurt by toys and had to visit emergency rooms in order to seek treatment. Around 58 percent of these victims were boys, and around 44 percent of all of the toy-related injuries treated in an emergency room involved the head or the face.
News 10 also suggests that the CPSC may be leaving out some important information when the agency indicates that the injury rate has largely held steady in recent years. The reality is, once electronic or kick scooters are included in determining the injury and death toll, the number of kids who were harmed rises significantly.
From 1990 to 2011, electronic scooters may have increase the rate of injury for kids significantly. In 1990, 18.9 kids were harmed per 10,000 children but now that number is up to 26.9 children hurt per 10,000. Scooters may have caused a 40 percent rise in the number of injuries sustained.
Parents need to know about the dangers their children face when playing with toys. In addition to the potentially dangerous scooter issue, the CPSC has also reported that 30 toys were called in 2013. These toys may have harmed children before the defect was found and the products recalled.
Central Florida accident victims and families who lost loved ones can contact Orlando personal injury attorney Richard B. Troutman by calling 866-434-5770 or visit http://www.richardtroutman.com. Serving Orlando, Winter Park, FL and surrounding areas.