When it comes to children’s toys, choking hazards are very real and parents in Florida must exercise caution when allowing their children to play with toys that are poorly made and/or contain small parts. Although most toys are manufactured with child safety in mind, there are still countless products on the market today that present choking hazards to small children.
Steps to Safeguard Your Children
Parents must be proactive when it comes to safeguarding children against toys that may present choking hazards. One easy way to check for defective or dangerous products is to do an online search. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission publishes an updated online database of recalled toys that is quite comprehensive. Recall.gov is a federally funded site that also contains a vast amount of information on toy recalls and safety concerns.
When you’re shopping for toys, be sure to examine each product and its packaging before you buy. Check for:
– Recommended age for use (is the toy age appropriate for your child?)
– Warning labels regarding small parts or choking hazards – Harmful ingredients (lead paint, BPA, etc.)
– Poor craftsmanship (i.e. the paint is chipped, parts are missing, etc.)
As a parent, these precautions can help save your child’s life. In case of an accident or injury, however, it is crucial that you contact a qualified lawyer to help you defend your rights. Large companies can often intimidate people and be evasive when it comes to taking responsibility for their actions. A lawyer can help you seek compensation for injuries or wrongful death caused by a defective toy.