A new study from Nationwide Children’s Hospital documents an alarming rise in injuries to children under three from nursery products. Over the last eight years the number of injuries has risen 25 percent for an average of 66,000 per year. That is one injured child every eight minutes.
The products that had the most problems were baby carriers, cribs and mattresses, strollers, and baby walkers/exercisers. The injuries were mostly related to falls. Eighty percent of the injuries were to the head, face and neck. This is of particular concern to researchers because of the potential for serious and life-long complications.
The expansive study covered 21 years of data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission which monitors consumer product-related injuries. During the period from 1991 to 2003 there was a brief decline in the rate of injuries which may be linked to an effort made at that time to increase safety standards for baby walkers. Legislators, product manufacturers, and injury experts worked together to redesign the walkers to ensure that babies could not fall down stairs while using them. Researchers hope this period can be taken as a good example of how to successfully improve safety.
Consider the “Four Rs” Before Buying Children’s Products
- Research – In order to keep small children safe, parents should carefully evaluate the toys and nursery products they bring into the home. Many resources such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and consumer safety groups are available for information and reviews on nursery products.
- Recall – Check to see if a product has been recalled. Go to recalls.gov to see a list of recalled products.
- Register – Only consumers who register a product with the manufacturer can be contacted in the event of a recall.
- Read – Many parents do not take the time to read the safety manuals that accompany the products they buy. Many injuries can be avoided by using products the way they were intended to be used.
Parents should be extra careful when using secondhand items, especially cribs. Any crib manufactured before 2011 does not meet current safety standards. Also, though they may look like new, car seats that have been involved in an accident may be structurally weakened.
Ultimately the authors of the study say that the findings do not lay blame with parents, but with the manufacturers of nursery products who may release defective products without proper testing. Furthermore, although every two weeks a new recall for nursery products is issued, a troubling 80 percent of recalled products never make it out of the home. Product liability lawyers know that manufacturers should and can be held responsible for injuries resulting from a defective product.
Philadelphia Product Liability Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Advocate for Victims Injured by Nursery Products
You should not have to worry about the safety of your child when you bring home a new nursery product. If your child has been injured due to a defective product, the skilled Philadelphia product liability lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC have the experience to make sure you receive the compensation your family deserves. Call 215-569-8488 to schedule a consultation about your case, or contact us online. For your convenience we have offices in Philadelphia, Haddonfield, New Jersey, and Wilmington, Delaware serving clients across Chester County and Delaware County.