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Toy-related risks can ruin the holidays; take care

The holidays are approaching, and that means there are going to be many children, teens and adults with new toys and accessories. While these exciting products typically make the holidays cheery, dangerous toys can cause headaches for parents. World Against Toys Causing Harm is an organization that publishes the most dangerous toy list each year, which helps you avoid purchasing items that could be hazardous. Some toys will inevitably be recalled because of defects or other concerns.

One thing you can do to help keep your kids safe is to keep an eye out for recalls. These are often posted in stores and online, so it's easy to search for a toy that you think might pose a risk or that you've heard a rumor about.

Another thing to consider is testing a toy yourself or only buying them after they've been sold for a period of time. By testing a toy yourself, you can identify any potential hazards you see. If you wait to buy new toys that were just introduced to the marked, you can sometimes avoid running into problems that may come up, since they will have already been recognized and taken care of.

Your kids are important, and their safety is paramount. If there is a recall, it's important to heed it and take a toy back, even if that means your child is upset. There are around 11 deaths and 185,000 toy-related injuries reported each year; if your child is among those listed, then a product liability case could be the answer you're looking for.

Source: Times Ledger, "On the holiday list: toy-related terror," Lenore Skenzay, Dec. 01, 2016

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