New study shows scooters are most dangerous toy

Louisiana parents may be surprised to learn that the most dangerous toy on the market is the popular, sleek foot-powered scooter. A new study published in Clinical Pediatrics in December found that the rate of toy-related injuries spiked 40 percent between the years of 1990 and 2011, with a sharp increase immediately following the release of the Razer foot-powered scooter in 2000.

According to the report, scooters and other ride-on toys, such as bikes, wagons and tricycles, were the number-one cause of toy-related mishaps for children between the ages of 5 and 17, causing 42 percent of all reported toy injuries. Children who played with ride-on toys were also three times more likely to suffer dislocations and broken bones than kids that played with other toys. The study reported that 77 percent of all injuries from riding toys were caused by falls.

The authors of the report said the risks of ride-on toys can be managed by promoting safety measures to parents and children, such as always wearing a helmet while riding a scooter. Toy manufacturers can also help by designing safer products and organizing fast, effective recalls for products that prove unsafe.

Any parent whose child has been injured by a foot-powered scooter or any other toy may wish to meet with an attorney to discuss their legal options. A lawyer may be able to show a child was hurt due to a defective product on the market. If a toy manufacturer is found liable for the injury of a child, it may be compelled by the court to pay a settlement that covers the child’s medical expenses, pain and suffering and more.

Source: The Washington Post, “Toy Scooters are driving more and more kids to the emergency room, study says,” Abby Phillip, Dec. 1, 2014

Source: Main Street, “The Most Dangerous Toys Revealed — And They’re Not Toy Weapons or Choking Hazards”, Hal Bundrick, December 01, 2014

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