Los Angeles Times Reports That Toy Related Injuries Are On The Rise
A recent article in the Los Angeles Times has indicated that hospital data has concluded that there has been a 40% increase since 1990 of toy-related injuries, for the most part caused by scooters. The Federal Consumer Products Safety Commission reports that the total number of toy-related injuries grew from 121,300 in 1990 to 195,402 in 2011. That’s an increase of 61%. Most of these injuries could have been prevented, if the toys were designed with a greater emphasis on safety.
Research has found the following:
A. The age at which children are most likely to be injured is two. Kids younger than five accounted for more than 50% of total injuries.
B. Four out of five injuries occur at home.
C. Injuries are more frequent during the Spring and Summer months of April through September.
D. 98% of kids taken to the ER are released and not admitted overnight to the hospital.
E. The increase in injuries is mostly attributable to the popularity of foot-powered scooters. Injuries involving foot-powered scooters increased 74% from 1990 to 2011.
F. Foot-powered scooters are responsible for 35% of all toy-related injuries, more than any other type of toy. Kids who went to the ER after a scooter accident, as opposed to another toy-related injury, were 38% more likely to be admitted to the hospital.
Nadrich & Cohen, LLP is a California personal injury law firm. We handle toy-related cases on a contingency basis. We have successfully resolved toy injury cases based on design defect and/or manufacturers’ defect. If your child suffered a toy-related injury, please call us at 1-800-718-4658 for a free case evaluation. There is no charge to you.