Santa Claus is coming to town. Even if you were nice this year, you could find your stocking stuffed with products liability gifts that could hurt you or your children.
For 2009, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recalled at least 38 children’s toys due to product liability, a significant drop from 2007 when 45 million toys were recalled, because of a rise public awareness and safety requirments.
Our firm’s personal injury attorneys in San Diego know that when you have design defects in toys, it can cause children’s injuries and even be the direct result of a wrongful death. Do you want to give your child an object to play with that puts them at risk for choking or being poisoned?
The 24th anuual Trouble in Toyland survey by the Public Interest Research Group (US PIRG) researched the inventory of toy stores and dollar stores for dangerous products, discovering 16 toys that either had potential hazards associated with them (regardless if they met standards) or violated current guildlines set up by state and federal laws.
Still, everyone is warned that there continues to be toys on shelves that can personally injure children, be wary about what you purchase this holiday season.
“We are seeing progress, but there’s no magic wand you can wave to improve the CPSC overnight,” says a public-health advocate with US PIRG, who helped the organization conduct a new report since toy safety regulations were strengthened by the United States Congress.
The CPSC focused on four hazards.
- Children under the age of three choking on tiny, detachable parts of toys.
- Hearing damage caused by loud noise or music.
- Objects with lead-based paint covering them.
- A chemical called “phthalates”, which is found is soft, plastic toys.
According to the CPSC’s recording, in 2008, 19 children experienced wrongful deaths due to toy-related injuries. During that same time period, more than 82,000 children under the age of five made visits to emergency rooms for medical treatment after being hurt by certain hazardous products.
Our San Diego firm’s personal injury attorneys want to wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season, as well as remind you to be cautious about what products you and your loved ones buy. No one wants to be singing over the river and through the woods, to the hospital you go this holiday season because of products liability.
If you were injured and believe that you deserve compensation, then call our bilingual law offices right away at 1-858-551-2090 or click here for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney and find out how we can help you. We look forward to providing good advice for your case. There is no fee if no recovery.
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Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who graduated from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1987. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes how insurance companies work and how they decide how much to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael’s inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents. Learn more about Michael Pines