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Danger of serious injury from lead in children's toys


When a person in Minnesota buys a toy for a child, they're functioning with the belief that the product will be safe and the child won't be in danger of serious injury simply by playing with it. There are many reasons why a child might be hurt from a toy. It could be an unreasonably dangerous product. There might be inadequate safety warnings. Or it could simply be a negligent company willing to risk the health of its customers. One issue that unexpectedly arises in today's more conscientious world is the substance lead being in children's toys.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned consumers in the U.S. that certain toys from overseas could have lead in them and result in injuries to children playing with them. If the toy was made in a country other than the U.S. or it is an older toy, there is a danger of lead. There are two aspects in which lead might be used when toys are being manufactured. They are plastic and paint.

The plastic is allowed to have lead in it as it has yet to be banned. The lead makes the plastic softer and more malleable. But, if the plastic is subjected to detergents, the air or sunlight, lead dust can form and a child could breathed it in. Some paint also contains lead. Although lead is no longer in most household products due to a U.S. ban in 1978, other countries still use it. So if a toy was imported, there's a chance there will be lead in its paint.

There is no clear cut way to spot lead by sight or smell and there could be numerous ways for a child to be exposed to it. Toys can be tested for lead by a certified laboratory for full accuracy.

If there are symptoms of lead exposure, it's important to seek medical assistance. When there has been a product sold by a negligent company and serious injury occurred, it is also key to discuss the matter with an attorney experienced in pursuing claims due to a dangerous product.

Source: cdc.gov, "Toys," accessed on Jan. 27, 2015

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