CPSC report on toy-related injuries and deaths in 2008

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just released their annual report entitled Toy-Related Deaths and Injuries Calendar Year 2008. The report found that there were fewer toy-related deaths among children under the age of 15 in 2008 compared to 2006 and 2007. In 2008, there were 19 children whose deaths were reported as toy-related. The number of toy-related injuries averages around 229,600 each year.

The CPSC relies on data obtained at Emergency Rooms as to the cause of the injury and the toy involved. This information is not always obtained but it helps the CPSC identify dangerous toys.

Toy-Related Deaths

In 2008, there were 19 toy-related deaths among children under 15 years of age. Most deaths resulted from drowning, being hit by a motor vehicle or choking/airway obstruction caused by a small toy like a ball or a small toy part.

Riding toys continued to be the most dangerous. There were four deaths associated with tricycles: two children were killed while riding a tricycle when they were hit by a motor vehicle and two died when they rode their tricycles into swimming pools and drowned. Four deaths were related to non-motorized riding toys: two children were hit by motor vehicles, one while riding in a wagon and one while riding a toy motorcycle. One child rode his toy into a pond and drowned and the other fell from a toy and suffered fatal internal injuries.

Two toy-related deaths involved balls, one in which a child chased a ball into the street and was hit by a motor vehicle and the other death involved a child drowning when a ball obstructed a bathtub drain.

Toy-Related Injuries

seattle product liability attorneyIn 2008, approximately 235,300 children under the age of 15 were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms. 47% of the injuries treated were classified as lacerations, contusions or abrasions with 45% of these to the head or face.

Non-motorized scooters were the toy most closely related to injury to children under the age of 15. The CPSC has seen an increasing trend of injuries related to non-motorized scooters for all age children.

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Information for this post is from:
Toy-Related Deaths and Injuries Calendar Year 2008
Sarah Garland, Ph.D. Division of Hazard Analysis Directorate for Epidemiology U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission