Toys bring joy to children, but they can also cause pain. The design and manufacturer of a toy, its use, and its target group (age) all affect its risk of causing injuries. Below is an overview of the injuries toys can create plus their causes.
The type of toy determines the injuries it might cause. Below are common causes of toy injuries.
The chemical composition of toys can poison children or trigger different adverse health effects. Counterfeit toys are especially vulnerable to these risks. For example, some toys contain lead, which is poisonous.
Cuts, Stabs, or Pierces
Toys with sharp ends can stab, cut, or pierce users. For example, chewing toys with sharp edges can lacerate someone's mouth. Some toys come with accidentally sharp edges or ends.
Toys on which children climb, slide, or ride pose fall risks. For example, slides that cannot hold the weight they are supposed to hold can collapse.
Children like putting things in their mouths. Small toys or toys with small parts that come off easily are choking hazards. For example, toys with buttons that come off easily can choke a child.
Toys or toy packaging that restricts airflow can cause suffocation. For example, toys with polythene packaging can suffocate someone who puts the polythene over their head.
Multiple issues increase the risk of toy injuries. Below are a few examples.
Some toys are inherently dangerous due to their design. For example, a slide with an extremely steep pitch can cause sliders to come off the slide at dangerous speeds and suffer fall injuries.
Some toys have safe designs but become dangerous during assembly or manufacturing. For example, a toy might come off the assembly line with loose screws. Such a toy might fall apart during use and cause severe injuries.
Failure to Warn
Complex toys should have instructions for use and warnings on inappropriate usage. Otherwise, users might err and suffer injuries. For example, battery-operated toys are not safe for use in water, such as swimming pools or bathtubs. Such toys need relevant warnings so kids don't use them in water that might cause damage and injuries.
Hopefully, your child will never have to deal with a toy injury. Consult a lawyer if your child suffers a toy injury. The lawyer will assess the injury to determine liability and help you pursue damages for the child.
Contact a personal injury lawyer for more information.