Each year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalls millions of toys for a variety of dangers ranging from lacerations to choking hazards to heavy metal poisoning. Most of these products aren’t recalled until after they’ve been on store shelves. Although recalls are published, they are rarely front-page news. Many parents aren’t aware that a toy is dangerous until after their child is injured.
In 2010, toy-related injuries killed 17 children. These tips from the Green Bay product liability attorneys at Hupy and Abraham will help you identify unsafe and recalled toys:
- Buy toys from reputable dealers. Toys from dollar stores are more likely to be recalled than name-brand toys.
- Read labels. The labels will give the suggested age range for the toy and warn of any safety hazards, including small parts that may pose a choking hazard.
- Be informed. You can sign up to receive recall announcements from the CPSC.
- Fill out toy registration forms. If you mail the card back to the manufacturer, you will receive alerts about any recalls.
- Check the toy’s model number. When a toy recall is announced, the announcement will list the model numbers included in the recall. Check your toy for the model number. It may be located on the tag or stamped directly on the toy.
- Contact the manufacturer. If a toy is recalled, contact the manufacturer for a refund or replacement.
If a toy injures your child, don’t hesitate to call a Green Bay product liability lawyer. Your family may qualify for compensation for your child’s injuries and related expenses. Call Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678 to schedule a free consultation.