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The holidays are an exciting time for many children, especially if they are receiving new toys. All of us expect that the toys we give to our kids are safe. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. In fact, significantly more products intended for children have been recalled in the past 10 years compared to the preceding 15 years. Dangerous products are making their way into our homes, into the hands of our children, at an increasing rate.

Dangerous and defective toys can seriously injury children in a number of ways. The most common toy-related Injuries include:

  • Choking
  • Asphyxiation
  • Drowning
  • Lacerations
  • Burns
  • Poisoning

Nearly any toy has the potential to cause injury. Here are just a few toys that are known for causing injuries:

  • Doll accessories
  • Toy figures
  • Balloons
  • Marbles
  • Rubber balls
  • Plastic toy food
  • Power riding toys
  • Nonmotorized scooters

Even if a toy seems innocuous it may have inherent dangers to children below a certain age, it may have a design flaw that makes it dangerous, or it may be a defective product that wasn’t properly manufactured.

Toy Safety – What to Know for the Holidays

As you are shopping for children’s gifts this holiday season keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • Always buy age appropriate toys.
  • A toy that fits through a toilet paper tube is a choking hazard.
  • Avoid toys that may be damaged.
  • Exercise extra caution with used toys.
  • Inspect toys before giving them to children, especially when assembly is required.
  • Register new toys so that you will be notified of any product recalls.
  • Sign up to get recall alerts from the nonprofit Kids in Danger here.
  • Make it a habit to check the toy recall list on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

Feel free to share these toy safety tips with friends and family!


If your child has been injured by a defective product, you may be entitled to compensation for his or her medical bills, other related expenses, and other damages. To learn more about your rights and your child’s rights after being injured by a defective product, contact the attorneys of Miller Lathrop. We are highly experienced, skilled, and compassionate advocates for our clients. We’re dedicated to making a difference in the life of each person we represent. Combined our attorneys of Miller Lathrop have more than 50-years of successful personal injury advocacy that is demonstrated by numerous testimonials.

If you’ve been injured by a fault or defective product, contact us to schedule a free consultation.


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