Picking out toys for your new baby or toddler is one of the fun parts of being a parent. It can also be stress inducing if you see how many toy recalls happen in a year. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to make sure your child gets to play safely while you worry less.
- Check for choking hazards. Toys and all their parts should be at least 1 1/4 inches wide and 2 1/4 inches long to be large enough that they can't be swallowed or get lodged in your child's windpipe. You can use a tester, commonly called a choke-tube, to measure. If you can't find one, a toilet paper roll is about the right size.
- Avoid small balls. Marbles, bouncing balls, and even coins are also choking hazards.
- Secure batteries. Battery operated toys should have a sealed battery compartment that requires a screwdriver to open. Batteries and battery fluid can cause severe injuries.
- Chew test. Babies and toddlers love to put everything in their mouths. Check that there are no sharp ends or easily removed parts, such as eyes on a teddy bear.
The product defect attorneys at The Gilbert Law Group® are dedication to protecting consumers nationwide. Call us today at (303) 431-1111 if your child has been injured by a defective toy.