Just How Safe are Children’s Products?

Just How Safe are Children’s Products?

Jul 06

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified falls, burns, drowning, motor vehicle accidents and poisoning to be the leading causes of accidental injuries and deaths among children in the United States. Each year, at least 9.2 million children get injured and more than 12,000 die due to these causes.

As dangerous as the causes mentioned above are the many different products that people buy and bring into their homes, so many of which can cause severe injuries, and even death. Records from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will actually confirm the thousands of injuries and deaths caused by these products, which include home furniture and decor, tools, children’s toys and outdoor activity equipment, sports equipment, inflatable amusements, and nursery products

From 2007 to 2010, the CPSC ordered the recall of millions of toys due to the dangers these presented, like sharp edges that could cause cuts and lacerations, parts that were considered as choking hazards due to their small size, and chemical contents that exceeded federal toxicity limits. The CPSC is charged with enforcing toy safety standard law; it also sets guidelines on the allowed sizes of children’s toys, toys’ noise and toxicity limits; and, the displaying of labels which should mention the possible risks presented by toys.

Unlike food products, toys usually do not have labels which should contain information regarding any possible harmful elements these have. Of course consumers assume that all products made available in stores are totally safe, but this only leaves them with no clue regarding the safety of the toys that they buy.

Due to the irresponsibility of some persons and/or companies in making sure that they only manufacture safe products, The Benton Law Firm reminds parents and guardians to make sure that their child is protected against whatever may possibly harm them – this includes children’s products which have caused many children injuries, some so severe that these would affect children for a very long time. Parents should also make sure that those responsible in compromising the safety of children should be punished for the harm that they inflict on their innocent victims.

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