Toys are a natural and healthy part of growing up. They foster creativity and provide much-needed entertainment for children.
However, not all toys are as healthy as others – some can even pose serious risks if they are defective. Defective toys create various hazards, so parents should be aware of the possible injuries they might cause.
One of the most common injuries related to defective toys is choking. Small parts or components that become detached from toys can pose a severe risk to children, especially those under the age of three. If a toy contains small parts that a child can easily swallow or inhale, it can lead to choking incidents.
Sharp edge injuries
Defective toys with sharp edges or points can cause cuts, scrapes and puncture wounds. Toys made from low-quality materials or those with manufacturing defects are more likely to have sharp edges.
Some toys may contain hazardous chemicals, such as lead or phthalates, which can be harmful when ingested or if they make contact with the skin. These chemicals can have adverse effects on a child’s health and may cause developmental issues or poisoning.
Electrical and battery-related injuries
Toys that require batteries or have electrical components can pose risks if they malfunction. Defective wiring or poorly designed battery compartments can lead to electrical shocks or burns.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports hospitals treated an estimated 206,400 toy-related injuries in 2021. While toy-related fatalities have been very low in recent years, defective toys still pose a clear danger to young children.