Defective Toys, Children’s Products and Recalls in New Jersey
When you buy a toy or product for your child, you have every right to believe the product is safely made, and will not bring harm to your child. Unfortunately, everyday we hear reports of dangerous toys and children’s products that have harmed or injured children. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported that there were over 155,000 children under the age of 14 treated in an emergency department for toy-related injuries, with 5,000 of these children requiring hospitalization. Even more disturbing, an estimated 77,000 injuries and 88 deaths of children under 5 are reported annually for defective nursery products like cribs, baby seats, playpens, and strollers. Injuries to children from defective and dangerous toys, and dangerous children’s products, can result in serious and catastrophic injuries as well as death.
The most common injuries to children from toys and products include lead poisoning from toys covered with lead-based paint; choking and suffocation from small pieces; strangulation from strings or ropes; and lacerations, fractures, and burns from defective or dangerous products. Products that are cheaply made in facilities with little to no quality control account for an overwhelming number of the reported injuries.
Within the past few years, news reports have been flooded with reports and recalls of toys manufactured in China that contained lead in toxic and dangerous levels. The Center for Environmental Health tested 250 different children’s products and found lead levels over federal standards in seven of them, including big-name toys like Barbie and Thomas and Friends. Lead-paint poisoning can permanently damage brain cells causing learning disabilities and behavioral problems. Children sometimes also suffer from delayed growth, loss of speech skills, kidney failure, hearing loss, ADHD, and encephalopathy as a result of lead poisoning and exposure.
Numerous other products have similarly been recalled because of poor design, manufacturing problems, hazardous packaging, inadequate or missing warning labels, and lack of oversight or inspection. Products made with small parts, or parts that break easily can pose a serious choking hazard to children. Over half of all toy-related deaths were caused by choking. We have also seen toys manufactured with toxic chemicals like phthalates, or are manufactured with sharp points or edges that can cause lacerations, loss of fingers, and blindness.
Be sure to regularly check to see if children’s products and toys you use have not been recalled. Recently, MacLaren has recalled several stroller models that reportedly lacerated and amputated at least 12 children’s fingers, and Lan’s Zooper strollers have been recalled for posing a strangulation hazard. Effective June 28, 2011 manufacturers will no longer be able to produce or sell drop-side cribs, and many drop-side cribs have been the subject of large recalls including those made by Childcraft, Delta, Evenflo, Jardine, LaJobi, Million Dollar Baby, and Simmons.
If your child has been seriously injured because of a defective or dangerous toy or product, you may be entitled to financial compensation. For over three decades, our Philadelphia defective children’s product lawyers at Reiff & Bily have successfully represented multiple generations of clients who have been harmed due to dangerous or defective products. You need someone experienced in product liability law and with a proven record of success. Our clients have been awarded hundreds of millions in compensation for their catastrophic injuries and suffering.