It’s no shock that certain toys can be dangerous for young children. The most vulnerable members of any community, infants and toddlers depend on caregivers to keep them safe. In turn, caregivers and parents rely on manufacturers to sell safe, reliable products. But too often, products meant for children actually jeopardize their health and safety.
In December 2013, 17-month-old Daniel Madden of Glasgow, Scotland tried to reach a decorative lamp located above his bed. The wall lamp, distributed by IKEA, comes in a variety of shapes and colors like a flower, star and heart.
Unable to reach the lamp, Daniel pulled the lamp cord into his crib, became entangled and died. In a similar incident, a 15-month-old baby became entangled but was rescued before being strangled to death.
Recalled after the accidents, this lamp is now known to be dangerous. But many households remain hazardous for infants and toddlers because of conditions such as the following:
- Stray cords from lamps, baby monitors and other appliances that can quickly lead to serious injury or death. The dangling cord of an appliance like an iron can cause accidental injury or worse in the hands of a toddler.
- Defective clothing with drawstrings and snaps that can cause death through strangulation or choking. In January 2014, manufacturer Under Armour recalled an infant jersey and short set because the snaps could cause lacerations or fall off and choke a child.
- Defective or improperly used strollers that can cause entrapment injuries, finger amputation and other serious harm.
When a defective product causes undue injury, victims need skilled legal counsel. Speak with an attorney in San Diego to learn about your options.