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Dangerous and Toxic Toys Remain on Retailers Shelves

A report out yesterday from the U.S. Public Interest Group (PIRG) titled, "Trouble in Toyland" noted that a number of dangerous or toxic toys can still be found in stores. Luckily, the number of dangerous or toxic toys on store shelves has decreased due in large part to an overhaul and new leadership at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
According to HealthDay News key findings from the report include the following:
  • Despite a ban on toys and other children's products that contain more than 0.1 percent of pthalates, the group found items that exceed that level, including a baby doll with pthalate concentrations of up to 30 percent.
  • In order to reduce the risk of choking, toys for children younger than 3 years old can't have small parts. But U.S. PIRG came across toys that pose a serious choking hazard, including a toy train with a wooden peg that nearly led to the choking death of a child.
  • The group also found toys with toxic levels of lead an antimony. Lead is associated with numerous serious health problems and antimony is classified as a human carcinogen
The risk of serious injury or death in children exposed to dangerous and recalled toys is very real. In 2009, 12 children in the United States died from toy-related injuries. More than 250,000 children were seen in emergency rooms in the same year.
Too often these preventable injuries and deaths are caused by greedy corporations, who put their profits over the safety of our children. Fortunately, public interest groups help police these industries to bring safety to the forefront.
If your child has been injured or died by a dangerous, toxic, defective or recalled toy, one of Jackson Allen Williams' defective product lawyers may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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