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.