Despite the hundreds of parenting books that have been written, many of which may already be on your bookshelf, most parents will agree that there is no manual for parenting. While it often feels like you’re “winging it,” you know that your child’s health and safety is a top priority.
You’ve baby and kid-proofed every corner of your home, have the right car seat, and take other safety precautions, but what about your child’s toys? Do you know how safe they are? Learn more about toy safety and what to do if your child is injured by one of their toys.
Taking a Closer Look at the Stats
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) plays an integral role in gathering information and reporting all types of recalled products from household items to baby toys. In 2019, there were 12 recalled toys with one containing lead. While the statistics may be alarming, don’t toss out your child’s toys just yet.
The number of recalls has declined greatly in a little over a decade. In 2008, the CPSC reported nearly 175 recalled toys with almost 20 containing lead.
While CPSC strives for zero recalls, the silver lining is that the statistics are continuing to drop, which means fewer injuries and accidental deaths due to defective products and less worry for parents across the nation.
Have Your Child’s Toys Been Recalled?
Although we haven’t reached the halfway point of 2020, here are a few recalled toys that may be in your home:
- In early January, Thesaurus Global Marketing recalled their tricycles due to unsafe levels of lead paint. An estimated 370 tricycles were affected, and the product is sold exclusively on Amazon.
- On February 6th, Juratoys recalled about 980 units of their toy, Sophie la Giraffe Bead Maze, due to pieces that fail the federal standard for small parts. The toy is deemed a choking hazard.
- At the end of February, Step 2 recalled an estimated 17,000 Little Helper’s™ plastic shopping carts due to sharp pieces and an increased hazard of lacerations.
- In mid-March, Grizzly Industrial recalled over 20,000 of their children’s tool kits. Certain parts of the kit exceeded lead levels and did not meet safety requirements.
- On April 2, Manhattan Toys recalled their toy, Musical Lili Llama, due to screws coming loose and increasing a choking hazard. An estimated 4,000 toys were recalled.
What To Do if You Have a Hazardous Toy in Your Home
One of the best ways to stay on top of recalled toys is to register for email alerts or check the CPSC site regularly. What happens when a toy you have at home makes the recall list?
Remove the toys immediately, but don’t throw it out. Take pictures of the toy and gather any other information that you can about the product. Each recall is treated a little differently. Many manufacturers will offer a replacement, while some may ask for consumers to send the defective product back.
Many children’s toys and other products offer the opportunity to register it online. While this seems like an unnecessary step, it can be useful if you have a defective toy in your home.
If your child has become injured by a toy, but it’s not on any recall list, it’s important to contact a legal firm that has experience with product liability. They will guide you through the next steps required to receive compensation for injuries. It’s also important to report the product to CPSC, so you can help prevent other children from being injured by the same toy.