Testing Shows Unsafe Toys Are On Market Shelves
Posted By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC
In one year’s time, over 220,000 children will be seen in an emergency
room for injuries caused by
unsafe toys. As a consumer, we are not always aware of the chemicals that are used
in the production of a toy. Because of this Washington enforces the Children’s
Safe Product Act which requires toy makers to report the chemicals that
are of high concern to children.
This month Washington Toxics Coalition received reports from 87 manufacturers.
Of the 80,000 chemicals used in the manufacturing of children’s
toys, 66 have been identified as concerning. Lab testing is required on
these products in order to identify the seriously harmful chemicals that
will lead to them being pulled off the shelf and end the manufacturing
of harmful toys. Some of the chemicals reported are cancer-causing, levels
that if accurate are a state law violation.
Some of the violation reporting companies were MGA Little Tikes, Greenbrier
International, and Dollar Tree. These toys are still on the shelves for
unknowing parents to purchase and take home to their children. Washington
has a ban that will go into effect July 1, 2017, for certain flame retardants
in kids’ products. The companies reporting their presence will be
banned as well under the law. There is another concern for chemicals that
contain high levels of hormone-disrupting phthalates reported in boots,
sweaters, and gloves sold at Gymboree, Gap, and Claire's.
Few resources are available to assist parents to identify what chemicals
are in their children’s toys. EPA suggests their program “Safer
Choice” that identifies the children products with the safest chemicals
If your child that has suffered damages by an unsafe toy, you do have a
resource. A personal injury attorney at Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC
can provide you with the legal means necessary to bring justice to your
family. As a family firm, we understand the desire to seek assistance
for the damage and suffering brought to a family by the negligence of another.
Some damages cannot be undone. However, it is the responsibility of the
manufacturer to see that their products are safe for consumers so if an
injury has resulted
call us today so we can be the resource in lifting your burden and getting you
the monetary compensation you have a right to.