When buying toys for children, most people pay extra special attention to the age recommendations, carefully picking a toy that won’t present a choking hazard for small children, or have sharp edges or broken pieces and any of the other dangers that could harm a small child. But many people don’t realize that the chemical makeup of a toy can present a very real danger as well.
In 2007, the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) records show that 157 types of toys were recalled, almost 100 types of which were related to lead toxicity. Six million toys were pulled off store shelves for lead paint or lead components. In 2008, the CPSC enacted federal regulations which said all toys in the U.S. must be tested by an independent body, however, there were still 45 types recalled between 2008 and 2011 for toxicity issues, lead being high on the list.
Fox News reported that the effects of lead poisoning in children include severe anemia from the lead and also damage to a child’s developing brain, which can continually affect behavior and cognitive ability even into adulthood.
The Virginia Injury Lawyer Perspective:
Any injury to a child from a damage or defective toy is totally unacceptable. If your child has suffered injuries, contact a Virginia personal injury attorney to find out what compensation your child may be entitled to for pain and suffering.
If your child has been injured by a dangerous or defective product, you may be able to hold the company that manufactured and marketed the device accountable by filing claims for compensation for medical costs, lost wages and pain and suffering.
You can learn more by reading through this online library of lawyers’ answers to frequently asked questions regarding recalled, poorly designed and unsafe consumer goods.