Choosing new toys for your baby is an exciting thing to do, but no parent should have to worry that the toys designed for their little one are dangerous to them. Baby toys in the U.S. must meet strict safety rules and regulations, however, that doesn’t mean that every toy is as safe as it can be. This is why some toys are recalled by manufacturers. Often, baby toys are recalled preemptively—meaning the manufacturer has noticed an issue before a reported problem and is working to prevent any injuries. Here are some things parents should understand about baby toy recalls.
What To Do After a Recall
If you carefully monitor recall announcements and see that one of the toys your child owns is recalled—don’t panic. Most recalls happen before an injury occurs, but you do need to pay attention to recall information. Recalls should always provide information about the cause for the recall, as well as contact information and directions on how to respond to the recall.
If one of your child’s toys, or any other baby equipment, has been recalled, you should immediately remove the object from their reach or stop its use. Follow the recall instructions to contact the manufacturer. They will provide further instruction to keep your baby safe.
Tips for Safe Toys
The best way to prevent toy-related injuries is to choose safer toys for your baby. Here are some tips to help you make the best choices when shopping for your child:
- Never buy knock-off toys, since they may be produced overseas, where the safety restrictions are less-strict. This is especially true when shopping on sites like Amazon, eBay, or Wish.
- Check recall lists for any current or past recalls for a toy brand before buying.
- Double check SKU numbers and the proper names of toys against the manufacturer website to make sure that the toy is not a knock-off.
- Always read warning labels before giving the toy to your child. Look out for age-restrictions, possible warning signs, or use instructions. Not every toy is safe for children of all ages.
- Think bigger when choosing toys for your child—all pieces should be larger than your child’s mouth so they cannot fit it in their mouth and choke.
- Supervise your child’s playtime and never assume that toys that seem to be safe actually are safe for your child—especially as they age and outgrow their toys.
- Don’t choose toys that make very loud noises. Not only is it annoying for you—loud toys can damage your baby’s hearing!
- Always check toys for signs of defective manufacturing. This is especially true for stuffed toys, which may have small buttons or pieces that can become detached and pose a choking hazard.
- Ensure that all toys purchased for your child are non-toxic.
- Check that any electric toys are marked as UL Approved.
- When choosing crib accessories, make sure that all bedding fits securely and cannot be pulled loose. All hanging crib toys and mobiles should be well out of reach of your baby, too.
- Never let your child play with a broken or damaged toy. Throw them away to prevent your child from being injured.
- Separate your older children’s toys from those of your baby or toddler. Don’t let your younger children play with toys meant for older children.
Protecting your family is important, with is why our team of Denver personal injury attorneys is dedicated to ensuring that your family receives the compensation you deserve after an injury. If your child has been harmed by a defective toy, don’t hesitate to reach out to The Gilbert Law Group, P.C. Our experienced legal team can help you navigate the complexities of your defective product case, and we will work tirelessly to protect your family’s rights.