As the holidays draw to a close, Florida children are playing with the gifts they received. Most parents assume that their children’s toys are properly made and have been tested to ensure they are safe. Sadly, sometimes, manufacturers release toys into the marketplace that are defective and dangerous.
Each year, hundreds of children across the country are seriously injured or killed by defective children’s products — including toys. A new bicycle could fall apart while a child is riding it. Small pieces of a toy could break off and end up in a child’s mouth, which would be a choking hazard.
These are just a couple examples of how seemingly innocent toys could cause injuries or even death to children. In addition to toys, some children’s clothing items are improperly made and could catch fire if exposed to flame or high heat. If the clothing cannot be removed quickly, serious burns and other injuries could result. In some cases, children have died while wearing the clothes.
Manufacturers, distributors and sellers of defective and dangerous children’s toys and other items can be held accountable for their deficiencies. It is bad enough when products mainly used by adults are defective, but when it comes to children, many Florida parents expect there to be a higher standard and more rigorous oversight. If your child suffered serious and/or permanent injuries — or died — from a dangerous product, you do not have to deal with the aftermath alone. A products liability attorney can help you determine who to file a claim against and provide you with compassionate advice and support throughout the process.