Toy manufacturers do not always follow the rules set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and toys can be released that contain high amounts of lead. When toys are sold that contain defects or other unsafe mechanisms, children can be permanently injured.
According to the CPSC, all toys manufactured after August 14, 2011 are not allowed to contain more than 100 parts per million of lead content. Regulations also ban lead-based paints and coatings on toys. Lead is considered dangerous to children and it can affect their mental and behavioral development, leading to permanent changes.
Why is Lead Dangerous in Children’s Toys?
According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, lead exposure is one of the most preventable forms of poisoning in children. Effects from lead exposure can lead to behavioral changes, hearing loss, learning disabilities, lowered IQ and permanent brain damage. Children under the age of six are even more vulnerable to lead poisoning, and at high enough levels, exposure can be fatal.
How Often Are Toys with Lead Content Recalled?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, toys that are made in other countries and imported into the United States may contain lead. One recent example was the Captain Cutlass toy pistol that contained a high lead content in its surface paints. According to a consumer report from the CPSC, the toy was manufactured in Hong Kong and imported by a company based in Oklahoma.
Since the start of 2015, the CPSC has asked several companies to stop the sale of toys containing unsafe levels of lead.
If your child has suffered an injury due to a defective or unsafe toy, we want to hear your story and help you hold the negligent party accountable. Contact Metier Law Firm for a free consultation with one of our attorneys.
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