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Beware of Dangerous Toys | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

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Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire

We wish you all a safe and happy holiday season.  When buying toys for children, please be careful.  According to a recent report–“Trouble in Toyland”–by the U.S. Public Interests Research Group, dangerous toys are stocked on store shelves throughout the country. In particular, toy manufacturers are still producing  toys that create dangerously loud sounds, toys with high levels of lead, and toys with small parts.

The consumer advocacy group’s 24th annual “Trouble in Toyland” survey is worth a read, as it provides safety guidelines and highlights currently sold toys that, according to the group, pose serious safety threats to children.

The Santa Ynez Valley Journal remarks, “The report comes in the wake of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which, effective February, increased the range of products that require testing and certification, set lower limits for the lead content in children’s products and requires that manufacturers have a tracking label that contains a cautionary statement regarding choking hazards. The new sweeping legislation was spurred by public outcry after 2007.”

The new legislation was long overdue, and it has already made a meaningful impact.  Just consider the risks.  Only one dose of lead can cause a child to suffer permanent physical and mental deficits.  It can even be fatal.  Loud noises can cause permanent hearing loss, often gradually and without pain, making the hazard difficult to detect.  And small parts on toys are obvious choking hazards, yet many products still fail to include proper warning labels.

When purchasing toys, choose wisely.  Happy holidays.

About the author:

Mr. Zambri is a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and has been rated by Washingtonian magazine as a “Big Gun” and among the “top 1%” of all lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area.  The magazine also describes him as “one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers” who specializes in personal injury matters, including product liability and automobile accident claims.  Mr. Zambri has also been named a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyer magazine (March/April 2009)–a national publication that honors the top lawyers in America.

Mr. Zambri was sought after to publish a chapter regarding product liability litigation in Aspatore Books – a company that is touted as “the largest and most exclusive publisher of C-1 Level executives (CEO, CFO, CTO, CMO, Partner) from the world’s most respected companies and law firms.”  To read Mr. Zambri’s publication, entitled “Constantly Preparing To Win”, please click here.

If you have any questions about your legal rights, please email Mr. Zambri at [email protected] or call him at 202-822-1899.

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