Most parents work hard so that they can provide for themselves and their family. While providing for a family means buying the basic necessities such as food, clothing, and a place to live, there are other things parents work so hard to afford. Things for their children. Whether they are purchasing toys as a form of reward or they simply want to get their children things to play with that they can enjoy, parents love to buy toys and other gadgets that are sure to make their child’s face light up. Unfortunately, while many toys sitting on the shelves waiting to be purchased look appealing, not all are safe for your kids to play with.
So, how can a parent buy their children a toy without having to worry that it could serve as a potential hazard? Well, according to W.A.T.C.H.(World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc.), there are a few toy hazards you should keep an eye out for that might be an indicator that something isn’t safe and we are highlighting what these are for you below.
- Beware when purchasing toys online. Many toys today are bought online, especially those that are shown in YouTube videos or in other videos uploaded to social media sites. However, you will want to be cautious when purchasing such toys especially when they don’t have “warnings, instructions, or age recommendations posted on the website.”
- Toys that are battery operated. Because batteries can “leak, overheat, or explode,” it is important that you watch out for toys that are intended for children under eight years of age that require batteries.
- Watch out for toys with fur or hair. Although dolls and stuffed animals are fun to play with, they may not be suitable for children that have a habit of putting things in their mouths. The fact is, the fur or hair could be ingested and could lead to them choking.
- Be aware of projectile toys.A.T.C.H. says that “dart guns, slingshots, and pea-shooters which shoot objects, can cause eye injuries and often blindness.”
- Watch out for toys that come with small attachments that are removable. Any toys that have small detachable pieces should be purchased with caution, especially if it for a small child or you have infants crawling around your home.
- Toys with strings. If you are considering buying a toy with strings, W.A.T.C.H. says it should have a string that is less than six inches. Toys that come equipped with long strings put at a child at risk of being strangled.
While parents are responsible for choosing age-appropriate toys that are deemed safe for their child to play with, sometimes manufacturers create things that are hazardous and unsafe for kids. And if you or your child has been injured by a defective toy or item you recently purchased in Palm Springs, CA, you may have a viable product liability claim on your hands.
Want to learn how you can hold a company or manufacturer accountable for your child’s injuries they sustained while using a product or playing with a toy? Contact the CA personal injury lawyers at The Ledger Law Firm and speak with an attorney who can explain this to you.
When a company produces something that isn’t safe and fails to warn consumers of the potential hazard, they put themselves at risk of being sued. And if you can prove the manufacturer of the toy or item that harmed you wasn’t made properly, you can file a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation for the damage that was caused. The best way to prove this, however, is with the help of a Palm Springs, CA personal injury attorney. The lawyers at The Ledger Law Firm are some of the best in the field and will place you as their number one priority when handling your case.
The fact is, it isn’t exactly an easy process to file suit against a company or manufacturer so if you want to stand a chance at obtaining an outcome that is in your favor, it is best you speak with a professional at this firm immediately.
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