Every year in the United States, thousands of children are injured or killed by strangulation or suffocation as a result of a dangerous child product. Although a product may be designed and marketed to children, many of them are not safe.
Injuries from strangulation or suffocation can be catastrophic. When air flow is blocked, oxygen to the brain is cut off, which can lead to brain damage.
If a child has been seriously injured or killed because of a dangerous children’s product, you may be eligible to file a dangerous child product claim in Illinois. A Chicago product liability attorney can examine the facts in your case to determine whether your child’s injuries were the result of a defective child product, and help you recover damages to which you may be entitled.
Dangerous Child Products that can Cause Strangulation
Drawstrings are one of the most dangerous child products, as they cause many of the strangulation injuries that occur and prompt dangerous child product claims in Illinois. Incidentally, more clothing designers are staying away from drawstrings when designing apparel.
Drawstrings can become easily entangled on fences, playground equipment or furniture, which can lead to strangulation and a dangerous child product claim in Illinois.
Other dangerous child products that can cause strangulation are cords or strings attached to pacifiers, mittens or toys. While the purpose of these cords and strings is to provide a child with easier access, they pose a serious risk of strangulation and also could lead to a dangerous child product claim in Illinois.
Other items that can cause strangulation include:
- jewelry (especially necklaces);
- window blinds or drapes with cords;
- cribs (with slats that can allow a baby’s head to get stuck);
- mobiles and crib gyms; and
- toys or stuffed animals with strings.
Any item that has a string or cord attached poses a serious risk to a child. The string should be removed or the item should be discarded.
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