Toy Recalls Down, But Injuries Remain High


Although recalls of dangerous toys have declined since a new product safety law took effect in 2008, a recent report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) indicates that toy-related deaths actually increased last year while injuries have remained relatively consistent.

There were 34 toy recalls in 2011, according to the CPSC, which is down from 172 in 2008. However, there were 17 fatalities attributed to dangerous toys in 2011, an increase of five over 2010.

More than 250,000 children were treated for toy-related injuries in 2011, according to the CPSC report, a figure that has held for the past few years.

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act requires toymakers to have independent testing facilities certify that their toys meet the revised requirements for lead content—including lead-based paint—and tiny parts that may pose choking hazards.

Because so many toys are manufactured in other countries without these standards, however, enforcement is difficult, and problems are often not discovered until a child suffers harm.

If your child was injured due to a defective or otherwise hazardous toy, a product liability attorney may be able to help you hold the responsible manufacturer accountable and recover financial compensation.

Please contact us for a free case evaluation and to locate an experienced defective product attorney near you.