Toy safety is especially important this time of year when people are shopping for gifts for children. Consumers should check on product labels and make sure the toys that they buy are age appropriate. The Child Safety Protection Act sets forth U.S. safety standards to prevent toy-related accidents which might cause in an injury to a child or even death.
Toy-related accidents and deaths are quite common. More than 200 thousand children are treated in U.S. emergency rooms every year for toy-related injuries and approximately 20 children are killed each year by a toy-related accident. Toys can pose the following types of hazards to children:
- choking or aspiration on small parts or on balls or balloons.
- injury by projectiles which can cause a child to lose an eye or suffer lacerations or puncture wounds
- motor vehicle accidents which involve toys like scooters, tricycles and ride-on toys
- lead paint caused poisoning.
Following are the safety rules provided by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission:
- Balls with a diameter of less than 1.75 inches should not be used by children under the age of 3 as they pose a choking hazard.
- Any toy or game intended for children between 3 and 8 must be labeled as a choking hazard if they contain a small ball of if they have small parts.
- Latex balloons pose a choking hazard and should not be used or given to children under the age of 8.
- Marbles should not be given or used by children under the age of 3 as they pose a choking hazard.
- Toys that produce noise that are close to children’s ears cannot exceed 65 decibels.
- Toys that are used 25 centimeters or further from the ears cannot exceed 85 decibels.
- Children’s products cannot contain phthalates in excess of 1,000 parts per million.
- Children’s products cannot contain lead in excess of 300 parts per million.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured by defective or unsafe products. Washington State has a Products Liability Act which protects consumers from dangerous products and also helps them recover damages if they or a loved one is injured or killed.