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2018 Trouble in Toyland

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 33 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. Among the toys surveyed this year, the US PIRG found potential choking hazards, and two products with concentrations of lead exceeding federal standards. They also found data-collecting toys that may violate children’s privacy laws. The report not only lists the potentially dangerous toys that were found this year, but also describes why and how the toys could harm children.

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 33rd annual survey of toy safety, Trouble in Toyland, at HKQKids.org.

  • 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.
  • Be cautious of toys that collect data.
  • 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, such as lead. 

In a one-year period, there were over 250,000 Emergency Room visits that were toy related, and several 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 HKQ Law

Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn is considered one of the top civil litigation and commercial law firms that has had the privilege of representing more families in the courtroom than any other NEPA firm. The attorneys at HKQ Law have been honored as Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms by US News and World Report, and have received the AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbel. HKQ Law was recently recognized for one of the top 20 Verdicts in Pennsylvania.

The firm’s Personal Injury Team, led by Attorney Joe Quinn, Jr., has won some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the region's history. 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, Jr. 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 across multiple categories 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.

Additional information can be found at www.HKQLaw.com or by calling (800) 760-1529.

				

 

As Hourigan, Kluger and Quinn addresses the concerns raised by COVID-19, the health and safety of our clients, employees and friends of the firm remain our top priority.


These are very difficult and scary times and we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and symptom free. We recognize that so many of you are understandably anxious about your health, the economic impact of this pandemic and all of the consequences of social isolation.

We also recognize that many of you are anxious about how the coronavirus is impacting the Court systems, our firm and your cases. Although all of our offices are closed, our firm has remained fully operational and we have initiated procedures that allow all of our attorneys and staff to work remotely from their homes. Each of us and our staff will respond to any emails and calls about your cases as quickly as possible.

Our Federal and State Courts have instituted significant changes in their calendars as a result of the coronavirus. Although most courthouses are closed to the public, and Hearings and Trials will be delayed for some time, there are matters that can proceed telephonically and by video. Despite these changes in the Court calendars, we are working diligently on your cases and are determined to do whatever we possibly can to assure an early and just recovery for you and your loved ones. Even under these difficult circumstances, we believe that "Nobody will work harder for you than we will."

With regard to new potential clients, we are not in a position to have an in-person new client meeting, but we will be conducting these initial meetings via phone. New potential clients should call us for a free telephone consultation at (570) 287-3000.

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