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Holidays, birthday parties, and even the occasional trip to Target typically leave you with more toys than your kids actually need, but if it keeps them entertained and happy, where’s the harm?
While the majority of toys on the market are safe, there are dozens of toys recalled every year. However, before you downsize your kid’s collection of toys or stop buying more, let’s take a look at some statistics, and some tips for ensuring your child is safe.
How many toys are dangerous?
Decades ago, safety regulations on toys were laxer than they are today, and if you think back to some of the toys you played with, you might wonder how more kids didn’t get hurt.
In the last decade, fewer toys have been recalled, which means a few things: stricter regulations and more awareness.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2008, there were 172 toys recalled, including 19 containing lead. Ten years later, 18 toys were recalled, including 2 containing lead.
Injuries related to toys vary from minor to fatal, and as a parent, it can be scary to think that even the simplest of toys could cause a life-threatening injury.
Safety Tips For Purchasing Kids Toys
With the holidays approaching, your kids probably have some toys on their Christmas wishlist. However, before purchasing their gifts make sure you keep the following things in mind.
Select Age-Appropriate Toys
How many times have you looked at the age recommendation on a toy and thought, “Close enough!” in terms of your own child’s age.
Those age ranges are there for a reason. It could be that if a younger child uses a toy that’s beyond their age range, it could become a hazard for them.
Avoid Purchasing Toys with Magnets
Toys with magnets are fun and a great opportunity to build and learn. However, if you’re purchasing toys with magnets, make sure that they are secure or enclosed to the toy. Magnetic toys pose a danger to children of all ages.
You can read about one mom’s experience that resulted in an emergency visit here.
Buy Safety Gear
Buying a hoverboard, skateboard, or another riding kid toy?
Don’t forget to buy safety gear for your kids to wear when they’re riding.
A high-quality helmet and safety pads are well worth the investment.
Inspect Toys Often
One of the best ways to keep your child safe from toy-related injuries is to inspect their toys frequently.
Have batteries that look corroded or pieces that are broken or missing?
Toss out broken toys or see if the toy manufacturer has replacement parts.
Stay Up to Date on Recalls
There are recalls on products and toys that your child may use or play with, every month.
While this can be alarming, it’s important to remember that many of these products and toys are recalled as soon as an issue is addressed. In some cases, injuries have already occurred, but most of the time defective parts and pieces were discovered early on.
The best way to stay up to date on recalls is to check sites like Safe Kids Worldwide and CPSC.
If your child has a toy that breaks, seems dangerous, or causes an injury, it’s also crucial to report the toy to help protect other children from toy-related injuries.
In the event that your child is injured by a toy, it can be a good idea to contact a product liability attorney.
Final thoughts: When purchasing toys for your child keep these safety tips in mind
The purpose of this article isn’t to scare you into not wanting your kids to play with toys. However, it’s important to keep safety in mind before purchasing your child that new toy that they just have to have.
None of us want to see our kids hurt and, let’s face it, medical bills are expensive.
How do you decide which kid toys to purchase?