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Child safety and product recalls: protecting your little ones

On Behalf of | May 25, 2023 | Firm News

Child safety is of paramount importance to every parent. As caregivers, they strive to raise them in a safe environment. Part of this responsibility involves being aware of potential hazards that may harm them. This includes ensuring their children’s toys suit their age and are safe to play with.

Safety standards

One of the easiest ways to ensure that their children’s toys are for the appropriate age range is to review the toy’s labels. These usually contain all information about your child’s cognitive and physical development.

To ensure safety, parents or guardians should watch for small parts that could pose a choking hazard, especially for younger children. It would also help to regularly inspect toys for loose components or broken parts that could be harmful.

Being familiar with safety standards and certifications for children’s products is also important. Examples include:

  • The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International: Develops safety standards for various products, including toys.
  • The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA): This certification seal signifies that a product complies with voluntary safety standards set by the organization.

These standards and certifications indicate that the product has undergone rigorous testing and meets strict safety requirements.

Stay informed about product recalls

Manufacturing defects or safety concerns can lead to product recalls. Staying informed about these recalls is essential for safeguarding your child. Follow these steps to stay updated:

  • Register the toys or equipment with the manufacturer after purchase. This way, they can notify you directly if any safety concerns arise.
  • Routinely check websites like the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) or other reputable sources for product recall information.
  • Subscribe to email alerts or newsletters from consumer safety organizations and manufacturers.

Recalled product-related injuries

In the event that one of these recalled products has caused injury to your child, seek medical attention immediately. Preserve evidence such as the product and packaging and medical documentation. Consider consulting with a personal injury lawyer specializing in product liability to help you understand your legal options and seek compensation for your child’s injuries. These steps ensure your child receives the necessary support and holds the responsible party accountable.

Your actions advocating for child safety can make a significant difference. It can help protect your child and countless others from potential harm.