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.