Manufacturers have a duty to ensure their products are safe for everyone to use. This duty is particularly important when a product is intended for use by children. When improperly manufactured or designed toys enter the market, the results can be debilitating and even deadly.
Most recently, toy manufacturer Fisher-Price — one of the most popular and trusted names in children’s products — recalled over 10 million toys because they could possibly cut, choke or otherwise harm children. When a child suffers serious injury or dies because of a dangerous toy, the toy’s manufacturer may be liable.
Details of the Fisher-Price Recall
The massive recall involves several Fisher-Price products. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), children have sustained serious lacerations after using multiple models of Fisher-Price tricycles and high chairs. In addition, the CPSC reports that Fisher-Price infant activity centers and multiple models of toy cars pose serious choking hazards to young children.
Tips for Parents
When acquiring toys, parents can take some basic steps to avoid products that may pose a safety threat:
- Take time to look over toys and consider ways they may cause problems
- Pull on small parts to determine how easily they will come off
- Talk to other parents and ask them about their experiences with similar toys
- Watch children play with new toys over an extended period to make sure that no unanticipated problems arise
- Stay alert for recalls from the CPSC and do not allow children to use toys that have been recalled
Following these basic steps can go a long way in preventing serious injury to children. However, even the most vigilant parent is unable to prevent every accident.
Manufacturers Are Responsible
Manufacturers have a legal duty to produce products that are reasonably safe for their intended uses and other foreseeable uses. If a manufacturer has reason to know that a product is unsafe or if it has not adequately tested a product that causes injuries, the manufacturer may be liable.
An Experienced Lawyer Can Help
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury because of a defective toy or other dangerous product, contact an experienced product liability attorney, like those at Greenberg Stone and Urbano A knowledgeable product liability attorney can assess your case and help you receive the compensation you deserve. To learn more, visit us at www.sgglaw.com.