Parents like to provide their children with toys, in order to help a son or daughter play or learn. Indeed, any object that gets marketed as something with which a child might play, or might use as a learning tool could get classed as a toy.
Sadly, there are times when parents fail to note the hazardous nature of a toy. Not all manufacturers follow the established regulations, which call for placement of a warning sign on any object that could harm a child, while he or she played with it, or used it as a learning tool. The absence of such a warning label represents one of three ways that a toy’s characteristics might include a defective feature, which will be used by the Personal Injury Lawyer in St. Catharines.
3 types of defects created by toy-making plants
Design defect: Introduced when designers fail to think just where and how the designed object might be used.
Manufacturing defect: Introduced within the plant; should be noticed by employees in Quality Control Department.
Marketing defect: Marketers need to call for inclusion of a warning label, when such a label will help prevent a tragic occurrence. Marketers might also suggest inclusion of a different sort of label, namely one that gives the age group for which the marketed item has been designed.
Hazards that become more likely, if toy contains one of the listed types of defects
Choking: Child tries to swallow a small object and chokes on it. No child under 3 should be playing with something that contains small objects.
Suffocation: A sad outcome of a toy’s design defect. Designers working on something for infants might fail to see how it could get placed in a crib, and could then smother the infant’s face.
Strangling: Any rope, thread or chain could strangle a child, if that youngster wrapped it around the throat and kept tightening it, when trying to remove it.
Lacerations or punctures: A pointed part could act like a sharp knife and puncture a child’s skin. A jagged surface could scrape the skin, creating a laceration.
Burns: Parents should know enough to keep matches and lighters away from children. Unfortunately, young boys and girls like to copy the actions of a parent or older relative. If an outdoor chef fails to hide a starter from small hands, that object could become a dangerous toy.
Poisoning from paint or other, often inferior, materials. A toy’s age should be noted; older toys can contain lead paint.
Electric shock: The presence of batteries should reduce the chance for such a hazard. Still, a parent must make sure that the user of the battery-powered toy does not put that same object in water, and then turn it on.