The winter holidays frequently mean gift-giving, and gift-givers on the hunt for their child’s most-anticipated new toy want to believe that their gifts won’t hurt the children they love. However, some of the toys on the market for this season may pose a risk for some children, according to a recent article in the Huffington Post.
A research study by the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) found that several smaller, “stocking-stuffer”-type toys may pose a risk to younger children. For instance, a stuffed Oscar the Grouch doll, a plastic book for babies, and a toy hand-held crossbow were all deemed dangerous due to high levels of phthalates or lead, or small parts that might come off and injure a child. A toy magnetic “whirly wheel” was found to have unacceptably high levels of lead, though the manufacturer of the toy argues that the lead levels are within legal limits.
PIRG also warns that toys that make loud noises could injure children by damaging their delicate and developing ears. For instance, one talking Elmo-themed toy cell phone the group tested played its sounds just under federal noise limits, but it was still too loud for some children’s young ears.
If you or someone you love is injured by a defective toy or other gift this season, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Michigan products liability attorneys at Lipton Law. We will help you secure the compensation you need so that you and your family can focus on healing. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at (248) 557-1688.