Hoverboards Spark Safety Concerns

Hoverboards have become very popular among the pre-teen and teenage population, and have been given as many holiday gifts this year.  However, safety concerns have arisen concerning hoverboards, which require the user to balance as the board moves at a rate of over ten miles per hour. In many instances, users fail to wear helmets. With the rate of how quickly the hoverboards can move, this can create a dangerous situation for the user. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 29 emergency room visits related to hoverboard use were reported since August 2015.

According to Consumerreports.org, one recent … Read the rest

Toy Safety for Children During the Holidays

Defective children’s toys present inherent hazards to those of all ages.  While younger children may be more prone to choking on small items, older children are more prone to taking risks and misusing toys in what can sometimes be a dangerous manner.  A defective children’s toy can increase those risks as well as present others.

From 2012 to 2013, the number of recalls related to children’s products increased by 18%.  It is important to be aware of any product recalls for children’s toys that can arise during the holiday season and year round.  This means keeping an eye out on … Read the rest

Accidents Involving Children at Swimming Pools Can Be Tragic

swimming pool accident lawyerAfter a long winter, the summer is upon us and it seems like a great time to head out to the pool. Unfortunately, this can be more dangerous than you think. So many swimming pool injuries occur through this season every year, which is why having legal representation from Levine & Slavit is so crucial. We have helped parents throughout the Long Island and Manhattan area deal with various legal matters that relate to children’s safety and the well-being of minors, because we feel that the rights of the young need to be taken very seriously.

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Car Seat Safety Tips Not to Be Ignored

An article appeared recently on the website caremom.com  titled, “9 Lifesaving Car Seat Rules You’re Probably Ignoring. The article reminded that car seats are installed and used correctly to avoid unnecessary personal injuries and even death of children in motor vehicle accidents. The article strongly recommends that the following rules be observed for the child’s safety when a car seat is being used:

1. Make sure the shoulder straps are in proper position-meaning that when the baby is rear-facing, the straps should be at or below the baby’s shoulders.

2. Baby should be rear-facing until at least 2 years old … Read the rest

SimplyThick Manufacturer Changes Product Warnings in Light of Potential Catastrophic Infant Injury or Death

Last month, SimplyThick, LLC, the manufacturer of SimplyThick, announced online a major change to its product warnings. The new warning will state that SimplyThick is “NOT intended for use with preterm or infants under 12 months of age. Or children under the age of 12 years with a history of NEC.” This action follows two advisories by the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (“FDA”) that infant’s fed SimplyThick may develop necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a condition in which tissue in the intestines becomes inflamed and dies, which if not catastrophic, can be fatal.

In May 2011, the FDA advised against feeding SimplyThick … Read the rest

Hotels, Motels and Child Care Facilities Must Comply with New Safety Requirements for Cribs

New federal safety standards for cribs, play yards, bassinets and cradles show a laudable concern for infant safety and the danger well-meaning but unsuspecting parents place their children in. Beginning June 28, 2011, all cribs made and sold after that date must meet new standards which prohibit traditional drop-side cribs, strengthen crib slats and mattress supports, improve the quality of hardware, and require more rigorous testing from entering the marketplace.

Beginning December 28, 2012, cribs provided by child care facilities, family child care homes, hotels, motels and other places of public accommodation must meet the requirements of the new standards. … Read the rest

Burn Awareness Week Being Observed This Week With Focus on Children’s Scald Burn Injuries

Every day, 352 children ages 19 and under are injured as a result of a fire or burn-related cause. Among children under 5 years of age, scalds or contact burns are responsible for 90 percent of burn injuries. One of the focus areas of the American Burn Association’s Burn Awareness Week (February 3-9, 2013) is preventing scald burn injuries – a burn from hot liquid or steam. The maximum recommended residential water temperature is 120 degrees F (48 degrees C).

Children have thinner skin than adults which can result in a more severe burn. The most common places children experience … Read the rest

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Files Administrative Complaints Regarding Two Children’s Products: High-Powered Magnets and Infant Recliners

Due to reports of injuries and deaths and concern for children’s safety, this past month the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) filed Administrative Complaints against the manufacturers of two children’s toys: high-powered magnets and infant recliners. The CPSC alleges that Magnicube Magnet Balls and Magnet Cubes contain defects in their design, packaging, warnings and instructions pose a substantial risk of injury to the public. The second complaint alleges that the Nap Nanny Generation One and Two, and Chill model infant recliners contain defects in the design, warnings and instructions, which pose a substantial risk of injury and death … Read the rest

New Federal Safety Standard for Infant Swings

Between May 2011 and May 2012, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) received reports of 351 infant swing-related incidents that occurred between 2009 and 2012. Two of the 351 incidents resulted in fatalities, and 349 incidents were nonfatal. 24 of the nonfatal incidents resulted in injuries. Hazards from infant swings can come from instability, unintentional folding, restraints that slip or break and toys on mobiles that detach when pulled.

On November 13, 2012, the CPSC announced that it had voted unanimously (3-0) to approve a new federal mandatory safety standard to improve the safety of infant swings to prevent … Read the rest

Auto-Lobbyists Successfully Argue Worth of Child Warrants Delaying Regulation Requiring All Vehicles Include A Rear Backup Camera

On Monday of last week it was reported that Federal regulators planned to announce this week that automakers will be required to put rearview cameras with in-vehicle display in all passenger vehicles by 2014 to help drivers see what is behind them and avoid accidents. By Wednesday the plans were put on hold to allow more time for “study and data analysis.” Auto-lobbyists estimated that the required cameras would cost the auto industry $2.7 billion annually, or $160 to $200 a vehicle. They suggested car manufacturers be able to add expanded mirrors instead of the cameras. If that would be … Read the rest