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Before you buy your children’s Christmas gifts this year, it is important that you do your research.

According to World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H), “one child is treated in U.S emergency rooms every three minutes for a toy-related injury.” In 2017, thirteen of these cases resulted in death with the victims all being under the age of twelve.

To ensure you are keeping your children and family safe this Christmas, be sure to do the following:

Understanding Guidelines:

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) monitors and regulates all toys on the market to ensure that products made-or imported into the United States before 1995- follow their standards.

Some of these guidelines include:

  • Painted toys must use lead-free paint.
  • Toys made of fabric should be labeled as flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Stuffed toys should be washable.

Avoid purchasing older toys as they may not meet current safety standards.

Monitoring Recalls

Between January 2017 and October 2018, an estimated 3.5 million units toys were recalled in the United States and Canada. While the CSPC provides up to date information regarding product recalls, many consumers are never notified of these updates so its imperative that you monitor these sites regularly.

W.A.T.C.H also releases a list of safety alerts and lists of the most dangerous children’s toys on the market.

Shopping Defensively

Remain cautious when purchasing new toys. Defects and poor design are red flags that there is a safety concern. Carefully read any and all warning labels and look out for the letters “ASTM“. This is to let you know that the toy meets the national safety standard created by the American Society for Testing Materials.

You should also ensure that the toy you are giving your child is age appropriate. For example, toys with small parts can present an increased chocking risk for toddlers and young children.

Being Proactive

If you believe that a toy you have purchased is unsafe or does not meet CPSC guidelines, you can call their hotline at (800) 638-CPSC.

If injured by a dangerous consumer product, you may be able to recover damages by filing a product liability lawsuit. The attorneys at Reyes, Browne & Reilley can help you get started today. Contact us now for legal help at 214-526-7900.

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