The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimated that in 2012 hospital emergency rooms treated 265,000 toy-related injuries. Of these injuries, 72% were for toy-related injuries to children under age of 15, and approximately 89,500 were for those under 5 years of age. The most common injuries are injuries to the head and facial areas, with the most common being lacerations, contusions, or abrasions. The top three specifically identified toys that were associated with the injuries for all ages in 2012 were non-motorized scooters, toy balls and toy cars.
TOY SAFETY CHECKLIST
- Before purchasing a toy or gift, Prevent Blindness (an organization devoted to preventing blindness through child safety) suggests the following:
- Read all warnings and instructions on the bod.
- Ask yourself if the toy is right for the child’s ability or age, or both. Consider whether other smaller children may have access to the toy.
- Buy toys that will withstand impact and not break into dangerous shards.
- Check the lenses and frames of children’s sunglasses: many can break and cause injuries.
- Avoid buying toys with sharp or rigid points or dangerous edges.
- Look for the letters “ASTM.” This designation means the product meets the national safety standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).
- Avoid toys that shoot or include parts that fly off.
- Sports equipment should always be accompanied by protective gear (for instance, a face guard with a new batting helmet).
- Don’t give toys with small parts to young children. Young kids tend to put things in their mouths, increasing the risk of choking. If any part of a toy can fit in a toilet paper roll, the toy is not appropriate for children under the age of 3.
- Do not purchase toys with long strings or cords, especially for infants and very young children because these can become wrapped around a child’s neck.
- Dispose of uninflated or broken balloons. According to the CPSC, more children have suffocated from them than any other type of toy.
- Ensure that laser product labels include a statement that the device complies with 21 CFR (the Code of Federal Regulations) Subchapter J (per an American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends).
CONTACT ANCHORAGE AREA CHILD INJURY AND CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER
If your child has injured or you or a loved one have been injured in an auto collision, you should contact a personal injury lawyer before speaking with an insurance adjuster. Car accidents can cause a variety of injuries that require treatment, including neck and back injuries. Contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden at 907-771-9002 for a free consultation. You can also visit our personal injury page, car accident page, and our Blog for more information.