Dangerous Lead in Children’s Toys
Many parents have been lulled into believing that lead paint in children’s toys is a thing of the past. The use of lead in products marketed to children was banned in the U.S. in 1978, but it is still used in the manufacturing of children’s toys in other countries. These defective product liabilities may require that you speak with a defective product attorney.
The lure of cheap imported toys
Some of our biggest toy retailers, including Toys R Us and Wal-Mart, have chosen to sell cheap toys imported from China. While this allows them to sell massive amounts of toys at low prices, it has also allowed inferior, harmful products to make their way into the hands of thousands or millions of children.
Mattel, Fisher Price, and Disney recalls have made headlines recently, but brand name toys are not the only culprits. Toys and children’s jewelry dispensed from vending machines have also been found to contain lead.
How children are exposed to lead in toys
Simply handling the lead contaminated toys or wearing the tainted jewelry will not cause lead poisoning, but children put everything in their mouths. In this way, they can ingest dangerous amounts of lead paint.
The dangers of lead
Lead poisoning can cause serious illness and death in adults. In children the risk is far greater and it takes much smaller amounts to cause harm. Damage to children, caused by lead, can include:
- Learning disabilities
- Behavioral problems
- Brain injury
- Kidney damage
- Lowered IQ
Lead poisoning symptoms
You may not be aware that your child is playing with toys containing lead. If your child displays symptoms of lead poisoning, seek medical help right away. Symptoms include:
- Memory problems
- Reduced coordination
- Slow reflexes
- Muscle weakness
- Increased sleeping
- Hearing loss
- Abdominal pain
- Reduced appetite
- Weight loss
- Unusual paleness
Children exposed to dangerous amounts of lead do not always show immediate symptoms. In such cases the damage may not become apparent until later in life, when blood levels of lead have returned to normal.
If you suspect that your child has been exposed to toys contaminated with lead paint, have your child tested immediately.
If you believe a defect product caused you serious injury, please contact one of our experienced product liability attorneys or our defective product lawyers at Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter in Orlando, Florida today. We will evaluate your claim for free and represent you on a contingent fee basis, which means you don’t have to pay unless you recover compensation.