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Be wary of some post-holiday tots’ toys

Once the hustle and bustle of the holidays starts to din, children continue to wear the wheels off those Hotwheels or talk for ages with their imaginary friends on their brand new toy cellphone. If only we could keep them young forever! Well, we may not be able to stop the aging process but there are some things we can stop; our children from suffering an injury from a dangerous product.

Sure, there are many more obvious toy-dangers that parents know to look out for, such as small pieces and parts that tiny hands can put into tiny mouths, thus leading to a possible choking hazard. However, there are some dangers present in toys that frequently make it into our homes that have the potential for injuries that many parents aren’t aware of.

In addition to choking hazards, the consumer advocate group, MassPIRG, also points out some additional dangers in their annual toy hazard demonstration.  Another danger to watch for is the presence of chromium and phthalate chemicals. These chemicals are frequently found in brightly colored paints or in plastics to make them more pliable. If ingested, these chemicals pose serious health risks.  The other risk for moms and dads to keep in mind is the volume on some of these beloved tots’ toys. Sure the play cellphone is entertaining, however, the volume that it plays at can potentially damage a little one’s ears.

If you believe that your child has been injured due to a dangerous product, it’s time to consult with an attorney who understands California’s product liability laws. It is possible to receive compensation for injuries sustained or if the issue is widespread, join in a class action lawsuit against the manufacturer of the item.

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