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5 hidden ways toys can be dangerous and injure children

On Behalf of | May 30, 2024 | Personal Injury

Children’s toys can be sources of joy and development, sparking imagination and learning. However, beneath colorful and playful exteriors, some toys can hide dangers.

For example, defects and safety oversights can lead to serious personal injuries.

1. Small parts and choking hazards

Children’s toys can be deceptively dangerous, especially when they include small parts. Many toys may contain tiny components that can detach easily. Younger children, who often explore the world by putting objects in their mouths, are particularly at risk. If a small part comes loose, it can become a choking hazard. Despite regulations, some toys still make it to the market with detachable pieces that do not meet safety standards.

2. Toxic materials

Some toys have substances that can be harmful if children ingest them or if they come into prolonged contact with skin. Lead, phthalates and cadmium are some of these harmful chemicals. These toxins can cause a range of health issues, from developmental problems to acute poisoning. Recalls due to toxic materials are unfortunately common.

3. Sharp edges and points

Sharp edges and points are hazards not always obvious at first glance. A seemingly safe toy can have sharp corners or points that become dangerous during rough play. Metal toys, plastic toys with jagged seams and even some stuffed animals with hard internal components can cause cuts, punctures or other injuries.

4. Electrical hazards

Toys that operate with batteries or that have electrical components can present a serious risk with poor design or manufacture. Battery-operated toys can overheat, leak or even explode, leading to burns or other injuries. Additionally, toys with electrical parts can pose a risk of electric shock without proper insulation. Ensuring that these toys meet electrical safety standards is necessary, yet some defective products still slip through quality control.

5. Poor construction and durability

Toys with poor construction and durability can break easily, creating sharp fragments or small parts that pose various dangers. A poorly constructed toy might collapse or fall apart during normal use, leading to potential injuries. Even well-known brands can sometimes produce these types of defective items.

Seeking compensation for injuries caused by defective toys is an important step for affected families. Families can receive financial support for medical expenses and other damages and raise awareness about toy safety standards.