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What are some common injuries from defective children’s toys?

On Behalf of | Apr 26, 2024 | Products Liability

When people think of children’s toys, they likely envision joy and laughter. Unfortunately, not all toys are equal, and some may pose serious risks to children’s safety.

Defective toys can lead to a range of injuries and severe harm.

Choking hazards

One of the most common injuries associated with defective toys is choking. Small parts or components that break off easily can become lodged in a child’s throat.

This blocks their airway and poses a life-threatening situation. Young children, in particular, are at risk due to their tendency to explore objects with their mouths.

Sharp edges and points

Toys with sharp edges or points can cause deep cuts, scrapes and even puncture wounds. Poorly designed or manufactured toys may have rough edges or protruding parts that hurt children. These injuries can range from lacerations to more serious wounds.

Toxic materials

Some children’s toys may contain hazardous materials such as lead-based paint or toxic chemicals. Prolonged exposure to these substances can have detrimental effects on a child’s health. These include developmental delays, neurological damage and organ failure.

Strangulation risks

Toys with long strings, cords or straps can pose a strangulation hazard to young children. Loose or unsecured components can accidentally wrap around a child’s neck, leading to suffocation.

Impact injuries

Defective toys that are poorly constructed or made from low-quality materials may break or shatter upon impact. Children may suffer bruises, sprains, fractures or even concussions if they fall or collide with this toy.

While toys can bring entertainment to children, the reality is that some products can leave life-long physical and emotional scars. Those facing injuries from these toys may want to seek fair compensation.