According to reports from NBC News and ABC News, federal authorities have intercepted more than 2 million foreign made toys destined for U.S. stores. According to the reports, the U.S. Customs and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) explained at a recent news conference that most of the seized toys appeared at first glance to be perfectly harmless. However, they often contained hidden dangers, including sharp edges and parts that could constitute a choking hazard. The seizures and the news conference are intended, in part, to protect children this holiday season from potentially dangerous, and even deadly, toys.
Each year, tens of thousands of children are sent to the emergency room with injuries attributed, in part, to dangerous toys. While increased enforcement efforts have led to a decrease in the number of dangerous toys found in stores, 2011 still saw at least 13 deaths caused by dangerous and/or defective toys.
The CPSC warned parents and would-be gift givers to avoid giving certain high-risk toys to young children, including: balloons, small balls, toys with small parts that could cause a choking hazard and magnets. Additionally, certain high-risk toys, such as scooters, should only be used with proper adult supervision. By following these and other common-sense steps, the possibility of injury due to dangerous toys may be dramatically decreased.
The CPSC's efforts aimed at preventing the distribution of dangerous toys across the country this holiday season should be applauded. This is an important step aimed at protecting one of the most vulnerable populations, children, from dangerous and defective products. At Pavich Law Group, P.C., we enthusiastically embrace all serious efforts to protect the consumer from dangerous products which, all too often, can cause tragic injury.