On a daily basis, more than 500 children are seen by emergency personnel, due to toy-related injuries. Small toy pieces that could be swallowed and cause choking have long been a concern when purchasing an age appropriate toy. Although this particular toy hazard continues to be monitored, there are other potential toy dangers that should be noted, such as the chemicals used to make certain toys. Toxic material used to make everyday household items, including toys, pose a minimal risk to adults, but the immune system of children are still developing, and they are unable to fight against toxic materials (even, if in small amounts).
There are new laws for toy makers within the United States and on imported toys that ban the use of dangerous toxins, such as lead in the toy making process. Consignment shops and thrift stores that re-sell older items are not bound by these restrictions. Parents and child care personnel should be aware of symptoms caused by lead poisoning. Vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite, lethargy, and failure to mentally and physically grow and thrive are common symptoms of lead poisoning that could evolve over a time period of a few weeks to a few months.
Even though lead has been banned in the toy making industry, there are tons of dangerous chemicals that are used when making everyday items, such as electronic equipment, food containers, cosmetic and beauty products, and products used specifically by children. Similar to lead, these dangerous chemicals are used in small amounts that pose a very limited threat to adults. Children, on the other hand, are more directly affected to the chemicals, because they often put toys in their mouth.
If a defective product has caused injury to you or a loved one, you should speak with an attorney. Specialist defective product attorneys like those at Diaz Law Firm will be able to assist you to obtain compensation.
Federal regulations are stricter than ever before, and safety standards in the toy making industry are higher, there are many chemicals that are not regulated. Bisphenol A (BPA), for instance, is a common chemical used in bottles (including baby bottles) and plastic toys. The U.S.A. FDA (Food and Drug administration) claims that any products that contain BPA are safe to adults, as well as children; but they still formed a specialized team to do further research on the effects of BPA.
Polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDE) is commonly known as a flame retardant chemical, and it has come under scrutiny by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as being toxic to all humans. Besides being toxic, this chemical, that was used to protect, can also be removed from stuffed toys after many laundry cycles, and lose its effectiveness of being protected against flames.
According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), just a few short years ago, more than 55,000 units of costume jewelry for children were recalled, due to dangerously high levels of cadmium, and McDonald’s (the famous fast food restaurant) was ordered to recall promotional drinking glasses, because 12 million were contaminated with cadmium. It takes common sense and vigilance, to keep children safe from toys that may be toxic. It is strongly advised that you stay informed with up-to-date information about the toys your children will have contact.