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Activity Jumpers Pose Risks to Children in South Florida

If you’ve got a child in your home, checking the recall list should be on hour home safety list.

Recently, officials with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled close to 500,000 Baby Einstein Activity Jumpers because of their serious risks of injury to young users.
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According to officials, there have been more than 60 injuries reported because of the defective baby seat. And these are only the incidents that were recorded. Many believe that some have gone unreported. What happens is that the sun shaped toy attachment in the activity seat has a tendency to snap back with force and injure the infant.

Our Broward child injury lawyers understand that children are some of the most helpless consumers. They rely on our decision making and our alertness to help to protect them from injury and dangerous products. This is why it’s important for parents to stay up to date with the latest recalls from the CPSC. Staying proactive is going to help to eliminate accident risks.

Kids II, the company that manufactured these jumpers, has already received various complaints of cuts and bruises. One of the reports included a 7-month-old child who suffered a skull fracture. In another complaint, an adult suffered from a chipped tooth, reports the Examiner.

The Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumpers with the model number 90564 fall under this recall. This model number can be found on a tag attached to the undersurface of the seat. The company adds that all Baby Einstein Activity Jumpers made before Nov. 2011 have also been included in this recall.

If you have one of these products in your home, you should stop using it immediately and contact Kids II by calling their toll-free number (877) 325-7056 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or you can visit www.kidsii.com and click on the Recall link provided at the bottom of the page.

According to the CPSC, there were close to 15 reported toy-related fatalities among children under the age of 16 in the U.S. in 2011. Of these fatalities, 12 of them were under the age of 13. Close to 55 percent (or 13 fatalities) of these children died from some sort of asphyxiation (positional asphyxiation, choking or traumatic asphyxia). These fatalities weer associated with balloons, toy baseball bats, musical cribs toys and other unspecified toys. This is a common trend that we see year after year.

Five of these fatalities were young female children and eight of them were young males. The youngest of the fatalities occurred to an 8-month-old.

During the same year, there were close to 263,000 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. emergency rooms.

What you may think is a safe, fun gift for your child may end up being an accident waiting to happen. Do your research before purchasing their next toy and make sure you’re giving them the gift of safe play. It’s a move that could wind up saving their life.

If you or someone in your family has been injured, contact Freeman, Mallard, Sharp, & Gonzalez at 1-800-561-7777 for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights.

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