Parents have been warned to be more aware this Christmas of dangerous toys that are still on store shelves and which are putting children at risk of injury.
Toys, particularly for children under the age of 3 often contain high levels of lead. It has been recommended to Parents that if they are buying toys for a toddler they err towards cloth or wooden toys which are deemed to be safer. Parents should also pay particular attention to ball shaped toys since they are more likely to block the breathing passage and also toys that are made to look like food. Parents should be aware of the so-called ‘tube test’. This is if any part of the toy itself may fit in a toilet paper roll, then it is too small and poses a danger to children.
Speaking about the latest safety alert in advance of the Christmas Season Liam Moloney, Product Liability Solicitor in Naas said today “it is important that consumers when purchasing toys for young children consider the safety aspects of each toy. Often this is forgotten about and dangerous toys can lead to acute injuries, including choking, strangulation, toxin and laceration hazards”.