Have you shopped for Christmas for the children in your life? Be careful what you buy! The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has posted this guideline when shopping for toys this holiday season. Toys can often get recalled, especially around the holiday season. This year, there have been 25 toy recalls; last year, that number reached almost 175. For the 2014 calendar year, there were almost 200,000 injuries related to toys and 11 deaths. So, what can you do to keep your children safe? You can start by following these guidelines, many of which can be found on the CPSC’s website.
- Read the labels and make sure the toy you’ve picked is actually appropriate for your child’s age, cognitive level, and level of mobility.
- When gifting riding toys, always include helmets and padding with the gift.
- Don’t give small children any gifts involving magnets!
- Research the toy online to find reviews, tips, and warnings from other consumers. Sometimes, word of mouth is the best way to find out whether a toy is safe or not.
- Unsure about whether a toy is safe or not? Skip purchasing it and choose something else that you don’t have reservations about.
- Beware of low-cost products. In many cases, you get what you pay for
- Want to learn more about from last year’s annual CSPC Toy Report? Click this link for the full document!
At our law office, we always recommend researching any products before you buy them. It is also important to know your product’s warranty and guarantees! Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving Blair and the seven surrounding counties in central Pennsylvania. He takes cases for product liability. For more information on his Altoona, PA area firm, please call his office at 814-946-4100 to set up a free initial consultation.