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2006 Toy Injuries Tally

Consumer Reports recently came out with a 2006 summary report that provides enlightening information about toy injuries and deaths for 2006. While we often hear about lead toy recalls, sometimes we forget about the everyday hazards of regular toys that can be just as dangerous.

Reporting on the 22 toy related deaths that occurred in 2006, the summary states:

"Riding toys, including non-motorized scooters, and toy nails, pegs, and rubber balls were associated with most of the deaths. Incidents involving motor vehicles and airway obstruction from small toys were among the leading scenarios associated with these deaths."

Parents don't think much about tricycle safety since most of us had them, but kids lost their lives after peddling them into swimming pools.

While it's scary and sad to think about these statistics and stories, it's important to stay aware and alert of your child and their surroundings.
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veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
DEATHS?! from toys..? how sad!
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I understand, it's just that people tend to blame the toy. Parents and other caregivers need to be aware of the entire situation, not necessarily the toy itself. Helmets, knee pads, etc. Safety guidelines in general. Most importantly, supervision.
babysugar babysugar 9 years
Totally right about pool safety. The scary thing is that most of the injuries reported in 2006 (27%) were from non-motorized scooters and toys involving moving vehicles - which means it's about how kids use them - in the streets, around pools, etc. Which is exactly my point - it's not necessarily the toy - it's the usage of them.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
"Parents don't think much about tricycle safety since most of us had them, but kids lost their lives after peddling them into swimming pools." That's pool safety, not necessarily trike safety. The pool's obviously not well-secured if there's bikes inside the gated area for kids to ride into the pool.
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