As millions of shoppers across the nation head out to their local malls, shopping centers, and discount stores to try to take advantage of annual Black Friday sales and specials, one of the biggest concerns for parents will be finding toys for their children that are not only entertaining, but also safe. Just in time to kick off this year’s Christmas shopping, the annual “Trouble in Toyland” report has been released. The “Trouble in Toyland” report identifies toys that are potentially dangerous and compiles a list to help parents make informed decisions when purchasing.
According to ABC 25, the report lists 25 potentially dangerous toys and identifies their harmful components. As our West Palm Beach injury lawyer knows is often the case with dangerous products, these toys are often difficult to identify as dangerous just by looking at them. For example, several of the toys on the list, including a Tinkerbell watch, a plastic bracelet, and a toy Honda motorcycle were identified as containing lead. Others contained parts small enough for a child to choke on but lacked any warning label to alert parents to keep those toys out of the reach of small children.
As is always true, this list of potentially dangerous toys is certainly not exhaustive. Just because a toy is not on the list does not mean that it is free from all risks. Parents should always be tuned in and watching for any possible dangers, and proper supervision is essential to ensuring that children stay safe during play time. Even toys that do not pose any risks in their original condition can become unsafe with use and over time. For example, eyes can fall off of teddy bears and become choking hazards or a deflated balloon or inflatable toy can create a suffocation risk.
Even so, we often do rely on manufacturers to provide products that are safe and to provide warnings if those products carry any serious risks with them. Florida products liability law allows injured consumers to bring a cause of action against manufacturers for product defects that make the product unreasonably dangerous when used as intended or in a reasonably foreseeable way. Sometimes those defects occur as a result of problems with the manufacturing process, and other times those defects are the result of poorly designed products. Additionally, some products are required to include a warning label alerting purchasers to the dangers inherent in use of the product. Either way, manufacturers are required to be vigilant about the safety of their products and to compensate people who are injured when those products do not live up to the standards required by law.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of a defective product, you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturing company. Give our office a call today to set up a consultation with our West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer Attorney Eric Luckman. He is experienced with personal injury law and can help you determine what your case is worth and how best to move forward from where you are.
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