Parents give their children toys with the most innocent intentions in mind. They just want their kids to have fun with their new and exciting gadgets. Although designers intend for toys to be just as safe as they are enjoyable, some unforeseen defects may impact the experience. At the very least, these pose an inconvenience to users. In other cases, things get dangerous.
What Are Defective Toys?
Defective toys are children’s play items with flaws that make the item unusable or put the children at risk. The risk is the part of the equation we have concerns about. When an individual buys a product, there is this assumption that the user will not take on any unintended dangers. This characteristic falls under product liability law.
A manufacturer has the legal responsibility to create and offer safe products, especially where children’s toys are concerned. Children find creative ways to explore their items – and a manufacturer of children’s toys is responsible for making sure that they make a toy that cannot turn dangerous.
What Should I Do If My Child has a Defective Toy?
If your child has a defective toy – do something about it. Even if it is their favorite toy in the whole world, letting them play with it is not worth the risk. If you notice only due to a mass issued response, follow the company’s instructions on how to handle it.
Often, depending on the issues associated with the defection, a company offers some form of compensation. For simple fixes, they may issue a newly designed product that corrects the flaws. Other times, they offer discounts or complete refunds.
If you take the toy away and notice an unannounced defection, contact the manufacturer and report the error. By making this call, you help prevent other children from stumbling upon these errors without the guidance of their parents. While we like to think that dangerous toys were a problem of the past, there are some scary examples of modern defective toy cases.
For example, the infamous “Aqua Dots” recall after three children fell into comas following the ingestion of the small, circular beads coated in a substance that released the “date rape drug” compound. Other recent examples include “Magentix,” “Hoverboards,” and the “Barbie and Tanner” playset.
Can I Sue Over Defective Toys?
If your child is killed or injured due to a defective toy, you are liable for compensation. It would help if you got into contact with a lawyer immediately to discuss your following actions.
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