Alarmist or Sensibly Cautious? Buying Toys This Holiday Season

Maryland Toy Injury Attorney

Each year we see lists in the media of the most dangerous toys. These lists may have responsible intentions, but a “10 most dangerous” list doesn’t help much if the toys your children want aren’t on it. Isn’t there better help available? We admit, there’s no question about it—some toys are dangerous. WATCH, or World Against Toys Causing Harm, has stated that approximately every three minutes in the U.S. a child receives ER treatment for a toy-caused injury. But WATCH, one of the organizations with their own “10 most dangerous” list, can provide you with a different approach. Instead of checking lists of dangerous toys that may not help you, why not try this list of 14 red flags to consider while toy-shopping? Watch out for: Toys marketed on the internet, which may lack warnings, age recommendations, or even instructions. Keep in mind that a number of toys have been manufactured in worldwide locations where the safety standards are less rigorous than those in the USA. Any toys marketed to children under 8 that require batteries. Batteries are commonplace and may seem harmless, but they can be dangerous because they can leak hazardous fluids, overheat and catch fire, or even[…..]

The Hidden Dangers Of Bean Bag Chairs

Ace Bayou Beanbag

For decades people of all ages have been lounging on bean bag chairs. First designed in the 1960s to appeal to the carefree flower children, they continue to be found in dorm rooms, dens and playrooms across the world. They were never actually filled with beans, rather with pellets of polyurethane, Styrofoam or PVC. As with many products, there were inherent dangers in their design. Twelve million bean bag chairs were recalled in 1995 because children could unzip them and suffocate by inhaling or swallowing the filling. In March of that year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a standard for the industry requiring all chairs sold after 1996 to have childproof zippers. You may have read that on August 22, 2014, the CPSC announced a recall of 2.2 million bean bag chairs manufactured by Ace Bayou Corporation of New Orleans, La., after two children died from crawling inside the chairs and suffocating. Wait a minute! What about that standard requiring childproof zippers? It was a “voluntary” standard. And apparently Ace, and possibly other manufacturers, chose to put children’s safety at risk rather than adhere to the voluntary standard. Maybe they thought it was an over-reaction. After all, who[…..]

Toy Buying Safety Tips for Holiday Shoppers in Maryland

With the holiday season quickly approaching, shoppers across the state of Maryland are likely scouring retail stores for festive gifts for the holidays. As such, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging gift-givers to keep safety in mind if you happen to be buying a seasonal present for the young child in your life. Toys are one of the most popular gifts for children, but the CPSC estimates that more than 120,000 children each year are treated in hospital emergency rooms for toy-related injuries. With this alarming statistic in mind, it is essential for MD families to remember these safety tips to prevent a dangerous child injury accident: For children under the age of eight, avoid toys that have sharp edges and points. Select a toy that suits your child’s age, abilities, skills, and interest level. Toys that are too advanced may pose a safety hazard. Be a label reader! Look for labels on toys that provide age recommendations and use the information as a guide for buying. Check the toy’s instructions for clarity. To ensure safe use of the toy, the instructions should be clear to you and your child, if applicable. For infants and toddlers, or[…..]

Strangulation Hazard Prompts CPSC Recall of Pottery Barn Kids Dolls

Pottery Barn Kids, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Comission (CPSC) is voluntarily recalling an estimated 81,000 Chloe, Audey and Sophi soft dolls in the U.S. and 1,300 in Canada due to a potential strangulation hazard caused by the dolls’ hair, which can have loops in it, large enough to fit around a child’s head and neck. Although there have not been any reported injuries as of yet, there have been five reports of looped hair and the doll’s hair was found around the neck of a 21-month old child. The recalled toys are part of the Pottery Barn Kids’ Girl Doll Collection and include soft dolls with the names Sophie, Chloe, and Audrey. They each come with different colored hair, made out of yarn, and are approximately 17 inches tall. The Audrey doll has black hair, the Chloe doll has dark brown hair, and the Sophie doll has blonde hair. Tags with the dolls’ names on them may be found sewn into the doll’s bottom. The dolls were sold nationwide and in Canada for approximately $40 from July 2006 to April 2011. They were distributed exclusively through Pottery Barn Kids stores, Pottery Barn Kids catalogs and online[…..]