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Miami defective product lawyers know how devestating defective child products or defective toys can be. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 250,000 children were injured in toy-related incidents last year. 17 of those children died from toy-related injuries. Parents should be aware that some products shipped from overseas do not satisfy the rigorous safety standards applied in the United States and carry significant risks for injury.

For example, Kinder Eggs, a chocolate egg with a small toy in its center, are a particularly hazardous choking hazard. These toys are banned in the United States. Some other toys do not present such obvious risks. Some Hannah Montana backpacks and Dora the Explorer lunchboxes are imported from China and Peru. The threshold for lead in these countries is not as stringent as the United States requirement.

The World Against Toys Causing Harm or “WATCH” publishes a list of toys to avoid. Experienced in products liability cases involving toy manufacturers, the attorneys at Hannon Legal Group, P.A. urge you to be safe this holiday season and shop carefully.

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Unsafe Child Products Now Include Popular Disney, Barbie Toys

The dangers of unsafe toys and child products are a major cause for concern, especially during the holiday season. Just prior to the start of the 2009 holiday shopping season, a California-based consumer advocacy organization reported that it had commissioned scientific testing which discovered unsafe levels of lead which exceeded federal limits in popular Disney and Barbie toys, including the Tinkerbell Water Lily Necklace, Dora the Explorer Activity Tote and Barbie Bike Flair Accessory Kit.

As a result of this finding, the California Attorney General sent letters to Target, Wal-Mart and other retailers, warning them that the toys should be immediately pulled from store shelves.

These new findings of excessive lead in popular toys from some of America’s most trusted brands come approximately one year after the passage of a sweeping product safety law that set strict limits on the amounts of lead and chemicals that are allowed in products for children under 12. The law was enacted after a number of recalls for lead-tainted toys were issued in 2007, including several for Mattel that accounted for in excess of two million toys.

It’s important for parents to be aware that dangerous toys, whether tainted with lead and other harmful chemicals or defective in design are still making their way into the hands of U.S. consumers every day.
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