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Parents Beware of Recalled Toys

October 4, 2010

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The toymaker Fisher Price recently recalled 11 million products that safety officials say can be dangerous to young children. Seven million tricycles are being recalled because a plastic ignition key near the seat can cause injuries. Over a million high chairs are also being recalled after reports that the protruding pegs on the backs of the chairs can cause major lacerations. Another product that includes inflatable balls could be a choking hazard.

Nashville attorney Mark Chalos says most companies take care of problem products promptly, but if they deny responsibility, there is legal recourse.

"Some companies take a very hard line and they blame other people. They blame the parents, they blame the child in some cases, and they refuse to be accountable for the harm that they've caused. In those cases, the only remedy for those families is the civil justice system."

Experts say more testing and quality control of toys and products for children needs to be done, and Chalos agrees.

"It's ordinarily not the case where there's one injury and then all of a sudden the manufacturer recalls it; it's usually built up to a critical mass. Unfortunately, it takes companies some time to evaluate the product. The real solution is that they ought to evaluate these products more closely."

Tennessee parents should check the toys in their children's play room for several items that could cause injuries.

For a complete list of toys being recalled, go to the website of Mattel, the parent company that owns Fisher Price, at www.service.mattel.com

Randy O'Brien, Public News Service - TN