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U.S. PIRG"s 2016 Trouble in Toyland Report


The holiday season and toys go hand-in-hand. With so many toys available, and so many places to purchase them, we want to make sure that we are buying toys that are not only the most desirable, but the most safe.

The US PIRG Education Fund once again has conducted its annual survey of toy safety. For more than 30 years, they have helped keep our kids safe by finding toys that might contain small pieces, magnets, paint that chips and peels, and battery overheatings that can cause harm. These reports have led to more than 150 recalls and other regulatory actions over the years, and have helped educate the public and policymakers on the need for continued action to help protect our kids. We have learned that just because a toy is for sale on a shelf, or on the internet, does not mean that it is safe for play. Since January 2015, the CPSC has announced over 40 recalls of toys and children’s products, totaling over 35 MILLION units.

There are a few steps you can take to make your holiday shopping easier, and make kids play a little safer:

  • Prior to shopping, review the 31st annual survey of toy safety, Trouble in Toyland, at HKQKids.org. The current report examines recalled toys between January 2015 and October 2016.
  • Sign up for recall notices at www.recalls.gov.
  • Check out the HKQKids website and facebook page for additional recalls, and sites like toysafetytips.org.
  • Examine toys before you purchase them.
  • Go through your kids’ toy boxes and compare them to the items in the Trouble in Toyland report.
  • Continually check for small parts and small broken parts.
  • Make sure you are buying age-appropriate toys, and that toys for older kids are kept out of the hands of little ones.
  • Beware of previously recalled toys. And while it is illegal to sell previously recalled toys, they MAY still be available on the internet!
  • Small yet very powerful rare earth magnets can pose serious health injuries. Be very cautious. Although these magnets have been banned as of 2014, you may still find toys that contain these dangerous magnets.
  • Some toys can pose hidden hazards, such as exposure to toxic chemicals.

In a one-year period, there were 251,800 Emergency Room visits that were toy related, and 11 toy related deaths. Improvements have been made in the recall process, yet making consumers aware of the recalls is still a challenge. We encourage you to be proactive and to carefully review the Trouble in Toyland report on our HKQKids.org website, share it with others, and check our Facebook page and website for recalls as often as possible. Keeping your kids safe is your number 1 priority, and it’s our mission. Go to HKQKids.org, or find us on Facebook.

About Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn, PC

Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn is considered one of the top civil litigation and commercial law firms in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The firm’s Personal Injury Team, led by Attorney Joe Quinn, has won some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the region's history, totaling over a half billion dollars on behalf of injured clients. HKQ Law was recently recognized for one of the top 20 Verdicts in Pennsylvania, 2015.

The Personal Injury Team focuses on a wide array of personal injury claims and civil litigation, including medical malpractice, auto and truck accidents, aviation accidents, unsafe vehicles, dangerous or defective products, workplace injuries (worker's compensation), construction site accidents, claim denials by insurance companies, dangerous drugs, defective children's products, nursing home abuse and neglect, and falls due to unsafe conditions (slip and fall).

Attorney Joseph A Quinn is one of only 100 attorneys in the United States (and one of only three in Pennsylvania)
honored with membership in the Inner Circle of Trial Advocates, and one of only 500 attorneys worldwide chosen to be a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has been a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since the program began and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America every year since the publication was established in 1987. Best Lawyers also named him top personal injury attorney for Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. In addition, Best Lawyers, in conjunction with U.S. News & World Report, has designated HKQ a Tier 1 Best Law Firm for personal injury and medical malpractice litigation in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.

Since the inception of the firm, the Commercial / Corporate Team led by Attorney Allan Kluger has provided comprehensive, integrated legal services to many of Northeastern and Eastern Pennsylvania's largest corporations, businesses, banks, non-profits and institutions, handling matters involving labor and employment, wills, trusts and estate planning, estate administration, elder law, commercial transactions, residential and commercial real estate, zoning, land use and development, telecommunications, mediations and arbitrations, commercial litigation, title insurance, business planning and business succession, corporate/business structuring, employment discrimination law for employers, banking, creditor’s rights, finance, lender liability defense, covenants not to compete, construction law, mergers and acquisitions and other business matters.

				

 

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