Harming Children through Toys and Food

According to Georgetown personal injury lawyers of Evans Moore, “Dangerous and defective products exist everywhere in our society. Every week the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission recalls about five dangerous and defective products. On an annual basis, the products safety commission recalls more than 200 defective products. And yet, there still remain many, many dangerous products that are never recalled. Sometimes the most dangerous and defective products are the ones that are never recalled and no substantial notification or warning is given to anyone.”

According to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2005, toy-related injuries were 202,300, while the number of toy-related deaths was 20. In 2011, after just six years, the number of children who received treatment in emergency departments due to a toy-related injury jumped to three million. It is frustrating to see that the number of children getting injured due to toys and other children’s products keep on increasing (every year) rather than decreasing.

The leading causes of injuries and deaths among children are suffocation, drowning, choking, poisoning and falling from riding toys or non-powered scooters. Though the ones at the highest risk of being injured are children aged five or below, all children are essentially not safe if they are not properly supervised by their parents or guardians. It is important that parents and guardians understand their responsibility in making sure that children know how to use toys properly so that injuries may be avoided. Injuries sustained by children are usually to the head, face, eyes, neck and other sensitive parts of the body,

Bruises, lacerations, and other kinds of injuries are immediately obvious; some, however, despite causing more harm, have effects that become manifest only after some time, when the damage they have caused inside the body is already widespread or injurious enough for the body to still fight it off. Some of these products include the food we eat – food that contain additives and genetically-engineered ingredients, which have already been banned in other countries, but continue to be sold and eaten in the U.S.

One example of serious food poisoning is the listeriosis outbreak in 2011 is. This outbreak caused 30 deaths, 1 miscarriage, besides infecting 146 people. There are so many other ingredients that manufacturers mix with the food children love to eat. Though these ingredients will not cause immediate harm, their effects slowly destroy the health of children.

Urging the Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall these harmful products and/or filing lawsuits against the manufacturers of these products should be pursued by parents to make sure that these manufacturers never get the chance to earn profits in expense of children’s safety and health.

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