There is perhaps nothing more exciting than expecting parents learning that they are expecting parents. As such, they tend to take some immediate steps to prepare for that magical arrival. Parents need to prepare themselves for the rigors of caring for a newborn. They also need to go about acquiring things. These things, such as nursery products, will make their jobs easier. The expense associated with these items can quickly become problematic for many people. That’s why so many expecting parents make use of several different avenues to acquire nursery products and other items. These avenues include accepting hand-me-downs from family and friends and purchasing some products secondhand. Unfortunately, a recent study serves as a warning to consumers in that nursery products in particular can be extremely dangerous. The defective products attorneys at Gomez Trial Attorneys want to alert as many people as possible to this situation.
Researchers at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital completed the study. The research team reviewed data collected by the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, or NEISS concerning the number of children injured by nursery products. The United States Consumer Products Safety Commission, or CPSC, operates NEISS. The data spanned from January of 1991 through December of 2011, or a period of 21 years. The study led to the following findings:
The researchers also noted the percentage of injuries that were tied to specific types of products, including:
In addition, 80 percent of the injuries occurred because the child fell in some way. Nearly half of all of the injuries involved the head and/or neck, which was more common than any other part of the body.
When breaking down the numbers, the results show the following:
Finally, this means that a child is injured badly enough to require emergency room care every 8 minutes in the United States. This is extremely troubling for many different reasons, not the least of which is that we have largely been conditioned to trust the products we purchase in retail outlets. Those interested in reading the entire study can find it here.
The study discussed above will hopefully get the attention of parents around the country if not the world. We should not assume that the nursery products we purchase are safe. The consumers who actually use them – small children – are extremely vulnerable to harm and need every level of protection available.
Unfortunately, it seems that the number of injuries associated with using different nursery products remains extremely high. The CPSC has continued to report these data. According to the agency’s 2016 report that analyzes incidents from 2015, 65,800 children required trips to the emergency room for this reason that year. It should be noted, however, that these data relate to children under the age of 5 instead of 3. Below are the most common types of products associated with these injuries during that year:
Those interested in reading the full report can find it here. The ‘good’ news with these data is that the 65,800 injuries in 2015 is lower than the 69,300 that occurred in 2014 and lower than the 74,900 injuries that occurred in 2013. Hopefully this signifies a downward trend that will continue well into the future.
The information contained in this study and that which is available from the CPSC may alarm some new parents and some expecting parents. Hopefully this information will prompt parents to assume nothing and to investigate everything. Fortunately, there are ways to do that without investing a lot of time. One of the first places to look for help when purchasing nursery products is a Web site that’s administered by the federal government. Go to https://www.recalls.gov/ to search for products that have been recalled to find out if you’re about to purchase or have already purchased something that has been deemed dangerous.
In addition, parents can make sure to register the products that they purchase for their children. Many people simply ignore those blank postcards that come with products, but new parents should fill those out and send them into the manufacturer. This will make it much easier for parents to be updated on any recalls that are announced or any other problems that arise with products.
Finally, many consumers will purchase a new product and will not necessarily read through that product’s manual to make sure that they are using it properly. While this may not be egregiously dangerous for some products meant for older people, it can create a serious amount of danger for small children. Read through every product manual you purchase. Doing so could alert you to something that needs to be done differently so that your child’s safety can be maximized.
Even if new parents take all of these precautions, small children will still be injured or worse by defective products from time to time. Parents whose children are harmed in this manner need to take action to help others avoid the same situation. If your child has been injured by a product, you need to seek the help of a defective products lawyer who understands what it takes to stand up for the rights of consumers. Contact Gomez Trial Attorneys today for a free case evaluation.Posted in: Product Defect, Recalls
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