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Providing kids a safe Merry Christmas to take more work

Based on all the complaints that manufacturers seem to have about the level of scrutiny they are forced to endure from safety groups and regulators one might expect to find that it would be difficult to find dangerous products on the shelves. That is not the reality.

All you have to do is look at the number of car recalls that are in force in the U.S. this year to know that unsafe products are still making it to market. And even after years of immense focus, the number of dangerous or toxic toys on the market continues to be a source of great concern. 

In the face of these realities -- and especially at this time of year -- it is important for consumers in Florida and elsewhere to know that if they suffer illness or injury because of a defective product or a manufacturer's use of hazardous materials, they have a right to seek justice. Consulting an experienced attorney in such times is crucial to achieving an optimal outcome.

2014 is apparently proving to be no less dangerous than years past when it comes to dangerous or toxic toys that are available for purchase. According to the 29th annual Trouble in Toyland survey by the U.S Public Interest Research Group, plenty of toys contain such toxic chemicals as lead, chromium and phthalates. Those are all elements that can hinder development if a child is exposed to levels above what the law allows.

U.S. PIRG also says that despite a number of current federal bans, some products that shouldn't be available still can be found. These include some powerful toy magnets that could be hazardous if swallowed by a child and foam blocks that could pose a choking danger.

The research organization says consumer product safety has come a long way but still has a way to go. So parents are urged to continue exercising great care to be sure presents placed under the tree are safe.

Source: Claims Journal, "Annual Survey Finds Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves," Dec. 2, 2014

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