Monday, June 8, 2009

Deadly Play: A Product Liability Case

Apparently, it looks like “Chuckie” (Child’s Play) isn’t the only dangerous toy to give your children.

A series of recalls were made by toy maker Mattel Inc. and its Fisher-Price subsidiary in 2007, of nearly 2 million popular Big Bird, Elmo, Dora and other toys because of excessive levels of lead found in the paint on the toys. Barbie doll accessories and "Sarge" toy cars were also part of the recalls.
A $2.3 million civil penalty will be paid by both companies for lead paint violation involving children's toys according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Mattel and Fisher-Price were among dozens of manufacturers that yanked millions of Chinese-made toys from store shelves in the months leading up to the 2007 holiday shopping season. The recalls made parents uneasy as they shopped for gifts for small children.

According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately 250,000 U.S. children aged 1-5 years have blood lead levels greater than 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood.

Lead poisoning in children can cause neurological damage, delayed mental and physical development, learning deficiencies, and other problems. At very high levels, it can cause seizures, coma, and even death.

Product liability, especially in cases of lead poisoning is an actionable claim. Treatment can be costly so if your child happens to be a victim of toy lead poisoning, it is of utmost importance that you quickly make a move that will save his life at the earliest opportunity.