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U.S. Customs and Border Protection cautions of dangerous toys

During the holiday season, as well as other times of the year, consumers often times find themselves shopping far and wide for the right toys for their children. While there is nothing wrong with this, it is important to note that some toys are dangerous and should not be purchased.

It doesn't matter if you are one of our California readers or live in another part of the country, you have to know what you should and should not be purchasing for your child. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection team is urging parents to take extra precautions.

The federal agency is warning parents about everything from dolls that give children access to batteries to toys that contain high levels of lead. Having direct contact with such toys could lead to serious injury or even death.

Every year, many products arrive in the U.S. that are not fit for children. One way of determining if a toy is dangerous is to drop it on the floor before giving it to your child. Depending on how it reacts, such as if any small parts break off, this can go a long way in deciding if it is safe for a child of a certain age.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection also urges consumers to research toys and other products online before making a purchase. This can help them learn more before spending their hard earned money on a dangerous toy.

If your child has been injured by a dangerous toy, you may be able to seek compensation through a civil court. An attorney experienced in products liability law can help you understand your options for such a case.

Source:  First Coast News, "Watch out for dangerous toys, counterfeit products, U.S. Customs and Border Protection warns" Laura Rodriguez, Dec. 23, 2013

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