As if parents do not worry for their child’s safety enough already, there has been another recall of a child’s toy. Late last week the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in conjunction with International Playthings LLC, announced the voluntary recall of several Tumblekins play sets. The toys can break into small pieces posing a threat of children choking on the small parts. Also when the toys break they can have sharp points which can cut the child.
The recall affects several of these Tumblekins sets including: the fire station, farm playset, police car, roadster, off-roader, fire truck, and the school bus. These products were sold between March 2011 and December 2011. If you own one of these toys you need to take them away from your child immediately and contact the manufacturer for a replacement toy. The can be contacted at (800) 445-8347 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It seems that it is becoming more common for these toy recalls to be made and that makes me wonder why companies are not testing their products more thoroughly before they reach the market to ensure they are safe for children. It really is imperative that these companies start enacting measures to make their products sturdier and safer. It really is upsetting that the only time these recalls seem to be made is after they have already harmed a child. In this case, there was one report of the toy breaking but thankfully there was no harm done to the child.
While it is commendable that the manufacturer acted quickly and proactively by recalling the product after only one report, because with most of these recalls you will see much higher numbers, there are still questions of what happened to cause this hazard. I am always wondering what kind of tests these toys go through before they can make it on the market in the U.S., especially with imported toys.
We are all quite aware that many of our products are manufactured abroad, in the case of these toys they were made in China. The CPSC says that they have rigorous standards in place for products that are imported, but how thoroughly are they actually tested? Do they take the toy out and actually play with it, checking to see how durable the toy is, or if any part of it could potentially be harmful to a child?
I think there should be more rigorous testing performed on products especially those that are for children. Kids do not delicately play with toys—they throw them around, bite them, smash them into other toys, and the product needs to be able to withstand that. When your child is playing you should not have to worry about them getting injured. Toys are needed to help your child grow and develop skills and they cannot be expected to do that if there is a hazardous product lurking behind every corner.
If your child has been injured because of a dangerous or defective product you are entitled to compensation. As a parent, you want nothing more than for your child to grow up safe and happy and manufacturers who produce unsafe products endanger that dream and are negligent when they place a dangerous product in the hands of your child. Contact one of the skilled Philadelphia accident lawyers at Console & Hollawell today to find out what your legal options are. Call us at (866) 778-5500 and set up your free consultation.