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    Posted on November 29th, 2010

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    Parents and grandparents shopping for holiday gifts for children can look forward to some good news from the Consumer Products Safety Commission. In 2009, there was a decline in toy-related deaths across the country. The CPSC is crediting this decline to the fact that more recalls are being announced, yanking unsafe and defective toys from our shelves.

    There were 44 recalls in 2010, compared to 50 last year and 152 the previous year. When it comes to children below the age of 15, there were 12 deaths in 2009, down from 24 deaths each in 2008 and 2007.

    Not all was good news, however. There was a slight increase in the number of toy-related injuries last year. Overall, in 2009, there were approximately 185,900 toy-related injuries that required children to be taken to the ER. Most worryingly for California product liability attorneys, these toy-related injury numbers have been on a steady increase from 2005. Approximately 27% of toy-related injuries in 2009 were related to the use of scooters. They accounted for approximately 49,500 injuries last year.

    Many toy-related injuries involve children below the age of three, when they get their hands on toys that are meant for older children. Parents must look at the packaging of the toy carefully to make sure that it’s safe for children below the age of three to use. However, many times, younger children in the house are able to get their hands on toys owned by their older siblings. These toys may have detachable parts that may pose a serious choking or aspiration hazard for a young child. Besides, children may even swallow small parts, causing internal injuries.

    This Christmas season, make sure that you buy age-appropriate toys, and encourage your children to use proper safety gear while using these toys. Supervise children when they play with toys.

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