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  • December is Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has stated that close to a quarter of a million emergency room visits each years are related to dangerous or defective toys . The vast majority of those injuries are caused to children less than 15 years old. It is also believed that many of the incidents of children being exposed to dangerous toys happens around the holidays, as gift giving from ...
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  • National School Bus Safety Week 2016

    The National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) is bringing back the School Bus Safety Week Program. It will begin on October 17 th , 2016 this year and conclude on the 21 st . This is one of the most exciting safety programs geared to protect children in the nation, as it reaches thousands of school districts and countless children. Last year’s theme was “Bully Free Zone!” and addressed ...
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  • 5 Common Child Safety Seat Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

    Child car safety seats are a great and necessary way to protect young or small children from injuries caused by car accidents . Simply putting a child into a safety seat and expecting the best is not enough, however. Parents need to pay close attention to harnesses, seat size, child weight, and more to properly secure their little ones. Otherwise, the seat may afford them little to no protection ...
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  • Preventing Crib Entrapment, Suffocation, and Fall Accidents: CPSC Chief Vows to Ban Drop-Side Cribs

    The head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission is vowing to ban the sale and manufacture of drop-side cribs. The promise comes in the wake of at least 32 child deaths linked to drop-side cribs over the past 10 years. While the CPSC has recalled over 7 million drop-side cribs following reports ofinjuries to children and wrongful deaths, crib manufacturers and sellers have failed to get rid of ...
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  • Back to School Safety

    As all parents are probably aware, August means sending our children back to school. The National Safety Council recognizes August 15 through September 15 as Back to School Month to help raise awareness and return our children safely to school. Many of the injuries suffered by school children every year are completely preventable. To help your child arrive at school safely each day, remind your ...
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  • CPSC Consumer Reports Warn of Stroller Dangers

    According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Consumer Reports, there are a number of strollers out in the marketplace that are not safe for kids to use. Some strollers even pose a strangulation hazard. This safety issue can arise when the space between the stroller’s seat and the tray/barrier is big enough for a child’s unharnessed body to slip right out, but not large enough that the ...
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  • Toys and Other Holiday Gifts Can Cause Child Injuries

    The holiday season has finally arrived and so has World Against Toys Causing Harm’s “Worst Toy List” for 2013. At the Gilbert Law Group, our products liability lawyers represent families whose children suffered serious injuries because of unsafe or faulty toys. Manufacturers have a duty to make products that are safe for use. When failure to do so causes child injuries, this could be grounds for a ...
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  • Heavy Winter Coats and Car Seats Are Not A Safe Combo, Says Today.com

    According to Today.com, having a child wear a bulky winter coat while seated in a car seat can be dangerous. The reason for this is that the heavy clothing can create too much space between the harness and the child’s body. Tom Sargent Safety Center at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital medical director Dr. Benjamin Hoffman says that this gives a child more room to be “thrust forward” in a crash. Dr. ...
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  • The Number of Magnet Injuries Involving Kids is Rising

    According to MedPage Today , the number of children going to emergency rooms after playing with magnets went up over five-fold between 2002 to 2011. Researchers of a recent study say that this is much higher than what was previously estimated. The study looked at close to 900 magnet-related injuries involving adolescents and kids under the age of 21. From 2010 to 2011 alone, magnet ingestions ...
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  • Mother Settles Oklahoma Playground Accident Death Case With X-Wave Manufacturer

    One mother has settled her Oklahoma playground accident lawsuit seeking damages for the wrongful death of her 9-year-old daughter, Alyssa Avila. The fourth grader died in 2010 after falling from an X-Wave, which is like a teeter-totter that can take numerous riders at once, at her school. The details of the products liability settlement are confidential. Alyssa fell from the X-Wave while a section ...
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  • Trunk Entrapment Can Still Be a Child Safety Risk with Older Cars

    According to KidsandCars.org, since 1970, there have been at least 260 trunk entrapment-related deaths. 37 of these victims were kids under age 15. However, the average age of children killed in accident trunk entrapment accidents is four. Fortunately, since September 2001. automakers have been required to make sure that their new autos come with a “glow in the dark” trunk release inside the ...
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  • NHTSA Survey Reports that More Kids Are Using Car Seats and Boosters That Are Appropriate for Their Ages

    According to the NHTSA, its new survey shows that more parents are keeping their kids in child safety seats that are appropriate for their size and age group rather than moving them into seat belts too soon. This is obviously good news, considering that car crashes are still the number one cause of child deaths. In 2011 alone, there were 939 child car accident fatalities. Over 12,200 kids were ...
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  • Defective Child Car Seats Are A Factor In Making Motor Vehicle Car Crashes the Number One Cause of Child Fatalities Each Year

    At The Gilbert Law Group®, our auto products liability lawyers represent families with children that were injured or killed because a car seat was defective or malfunctioned. Unfortunately, even if as a parent/guardian you do your best to buy the best-fitting car seat for your child and obey the law by making sure that he/she is correctly strapped in, child safety restraint defects continue to ...
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  • NHTSA Recalled Over 17.8 Million Motor Vehicles, Auto Equipment, and Car Seats in '12

    According to the NHTSA, in 2012 the government issued over 650 safety recalls involving more than 17.8 million motor vehicles, child safety seats, and auto equipment. The auto regulatory agency was instrumental in affecting the recall of over 9 million of the autos and 60,000 vehicle equipment products, including tires. Other recalls occurred because of consumer complaints. The NHTSA said it ...
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  • Montana Supreme Court to Hear Playground Accident Lawsuit Over 8-Year-Old's Head Injury

    The Montana Supreme Court says that the mother of an 8-year-old daughter who sustained a severe head injury when she fell off a slide in 2002 is entitled to make her playground accident case, which contends that the city of Miles City should be liable for what happened. The court’s decision overturns a lower judge’s decision to dismiss the injuries to a minor lawsuit. The playground slide accident ...
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  • Liquid Laundry Packets Can Cause Child Injuries, Poisoning, Warns CPSC

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued an alert cautioning that single-load liquid laundry packets may be harmful to kids. The reason for this, said the CPSC, is that some of the chemicals contained in them are toxic. The federal agency wants caregivers and parents to keep these packets out of children’s reach. Adults are not immune from this safety risk either. Just this year alone, ...
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  • Dangerous Toys Continue To Pose a Safety Hazard To Kids This Holiday Season

    Holiday shopping season has begun–a time for gifts to be exchange while manufacturers sell millions of dollars worth of toys. Unfortunately, not all of the toys available on store shelves and online are safe–some may even prove quite dangerous. At The Gilbert Law Group®, our child injury lawyers represent children and their families with products liability cases against toy makers, distributors, ...
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  • Britax Recalls 55,455 Convertible Car Seats Following Child Gagging Incidents

    Britax Child Safety Inc. is recalling 55,455 of its convertible car seats after receiving reports that some kids are chewing or biting on the child safety device’s HARNESS chest pads, which is placing them at risk of becoming involved in a choking accident. Infants are especially susceptible to choking injuries from this parts defect. The Harness Ultra-Guard System (HUGS) chest pads are located on ...
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  • Recreational Trampolines Are a Personal Injury Risk to Kids, Says AAP

    According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, recreational use of trampolines is a huge injury risk to kids. Considering that at-home use has grown, partially due to these products becoming more available, this is cause for concern—especially as AAP says that injuries continue to happen even after medical groups have discouraged trampoline use and warn people to be careful. At The Gilbert Law ...
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  • Child Passenger Safety Week: A Reminder to Use Car Seats and Booster Seats

    To mark Child Passenger Safety Week, the US Department of Transportation and Safe Kids are reminding parents, guardians, and caregivers to make sure that their children use the appropriate car seat/booster seat when riding in a motor vehicle and that these child safety devices are working properly and installed and used correctly. Unfortunately, according to a new National Highway Traffic Safety ...
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  • 2-Year-Olds Death By Cord Strangulation Leads to Recall of 454,000 BlindXpress Window Blinds

    In the wake of the 2009 Michigan child death of a 2-year-old girl who was strangled in a vertical blind cord’s loop, the US Consumer Production Safety Commission is recalling 315,000 horizontal blinds and 139,000 vertical blinds, both custom-made, by BlindXpress. The blinds were sold in Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan from January 1995 through December 2011. The custom-made vertical blinds come with ...
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  • Button Batteries Can Cause Serious Child Injuries

    They may appear harmless enough but did you know that those tiny, round, button-sized batteries can cause serious injuries to children when swallowed? At The Gilbert Law Group®, our products liability lawyers represent families with kids and babies that have been injured because a consumer good was poorly designed or proved unsafe in other ways during use. Please do not hesitate to contact our ...
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  • When Playgrounds Become A Dangerous Place for Kids

    While it would be nice to think of playgrounds as a safe haven where kids can have fun, this isn’t always the case. Unfortunately, each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 156,00 children end up getting hurt in playground accidents. Our child injury lawyers are familiar with these incidents and the harm they can cause. Common causes of playground accidents: • ...
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  • Flammability Hazard Prompts CPSC To Recall Childrens Sleepwear by Ishtex Tile Products, PajamaGram, and Rigo

    This week, the CPSC announced the recall of more than 200,000 children’s pajamas because they violate the federal flammability standard. The clothes pose a burn injury risk to kids. Among the products recalled are 210,000 Pull-On Lounge Pants for both genders and Girls Boxers from Rigo International. The clothes, which are made of 100% cotton, were sold only at Academy Sports and Outdoor retailers ...
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  • Kolcraft Recalls Strollers and Evenflo Recalls Convertible High Chairs In the Wake of Injuries

    Manufacturers must ensure that their consumer goods are safe for use. Unfortunately, there are products that enter the marketplace that later prove to include safety hazards that place consumers at risk of injury or death. This can be especially dangerous if the product is made for children or infants. AtThe Gilbert Law Group, our child injury attorneys represent families with products liability ...
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