The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has published a comprehensive summary of deaths and emergency department-treated injuries associated with toys during calendar year 2016.
According to the CPSC’s report, which was released in October, the Commission received seven reports of toy-related deaths among children younger than 15 years of age in 2016, as well as reports of an estimated 240,000 toy-related injuries that required hospital emergency room treatment.
Of the seven reported deaths, three involved riding toys that collided with motor vehicles. And more than 20 percent of toy-related injuries involved nonmotorized scooters, the category of toys associated with the greatest percentage of injuries.
Importantly, the Commission notes that the number of toy-related injuries in 2016 does not represent “a statistically significant trend” when compared with the number of toy-related injuries from 2012 to 2016. The Commission also makes clear that, although a toy was associated with all of the reported incidents, the toy itself may not have been the cause of the death or injury.
Read the text of the CPSC’s report on toy-related deaths and injuries in 2016.
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