There are few words more terrifying to hear on the evening news that “toy recall.” Sadly, we hear those words far too often. With toy injuries on the rise, according to a recent press release from Consumer Reports, it is more important than ever that parents are aware of how to keep their children safe. With the holidays behind us, we know that many children received toys as gifts. Parents can be careful only to purchase safe toys for their kids, but relatives and friends can’t be relied upon to judge a safe toy from an unsafe one.
Luckily, there are tools available to help a parent determine whether or not a particular toy is safe. Though these tools aren’t foolproof, they will go a long way towards reducing the possibility of your child being injured. The Internet has made it much easier for parents to keep track of which toys are and aren’t safe. These tools include:
- The webpage for the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which includes a list of all recalled products
- The local and national news, which cover incidents of large-scale recalls
- Looking for the safety code ASTM F963 somewhere on the packaging, which indicates the toy has passed federal inspection
- Visiting the manufacturer websites for news on recalls and instructions on how to return the recalled item
Though these extra precautions are invaluable when it comes to protecting our children, they don’t always work. There are toys that somehow slip through federal inspection, and there are companies that cannot be relied upon to be honest with consumers. If your child has been injured by a defective toy, don’t hesitate to contact an attorney to help you weigh your options and help you insure other parents become aware of these unsafe products before it’s too late.