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Dangerous / Recalled Childrens' Toys & Equipment

Product Liability is an area of personal injury law that focuses on dangerous and defective products. Adler & Adler, P.C. represents individuals in Illinois and the Chicago area in matters against corporations or manufacturers who have produced, manufactured or sold unsafe or hazardous products aimed for use with infants, toddlers and children.

Our attorneys have more than 40 years of combined experience representing clients in individual, class action, and multi-district product liability litigation suits. Our experience and expertise is critical to recognizing when product defects may be an underlying cause of an accident or injury.

Toys & Equipment Recalls

Despite federal and Illinois state laws that regulate the manaufacturing and production of children's toys and baby equipment, U.S. consumers have been stunned by the severity and number of children's product recalls, some of which have included parents' most trusted brands. Inferior research and production have increased instances recalls due to lead contamination, choking hazards and other risks to small children.

Even if a product is not recalled, a family may still be entitled to compensation if a child has been injured as a result of a dangerous product.


• The toy has removable, sharp, or loose parts that could easily injure a young child.
• The toy does not have warning labels, instructions or age recommendations.
• The toy contains a projectile.
• The toy is small or has removable attachments that may be choking hazards.
• The toy is flammable.
• The toy is made of toxic products, such as lead paint.
• The toy requires an electrical outlet.
• The toy has long strings that could result in strangulation.

In addition to toys, other children's products may also be defective or dangerous, including cribs, car seats, high chairs, walkers, clothing, and infant carriers and strollers. Parents and their children depend on manufacturers to produce safe products. Corporations and manufacturers can and should be held liable for the products they make, distribute and sell.


Unfortunately, it took dozens of documented deaths—and an unknown number of close calls—to force the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ban the manufacture, sale and resale of drop-side cribs, which have a side rail that moves up and down, allowing parents to more easily lift their child from the crib. Used for decades, drop-side cribs came under scrutiny in recent years because of malfunctioning hardware, cheap plastics, or assembly problems that led to the drop-side rail partially detaching from the crib. When that happens, a dangerous "V"-like gap between the mattress and side rail develops, where a baby can get caught and suffocate or strangle.

The federal government has banned all sales and re-sales (including yard sales) of drop-side cribs. If you own one or are using one—and your child has not been injured—you should replace the crib immediately. Throw the crib out—do not resell it or donate it. If you believe your infant or toddler has suffered as a result of this defective product, you need to contact an attorney at Adler & Adler as soon as possible to schedule a free initial consultation. In this case, stop using the crib, but store it as possible evidence.

In further infant safety measures, the City of Chicago has banned the sale of crib bumper padding. Long ago, the pads were used to keep infants heads from slipping between crib slats. But in recent times the pads have become almost more decorative than function—and their risks to babies far outweigh any benefits. Experts believe the padding contributes to suffocation and SIDS. Infants faces can get pressed up against the fabric padding or wedged between the bumper and the mattress, both of which can lead to suffocation. Chicago is the first U.S. city to ban the sale of bumper pads.

What to Do with a Dangerous or Recalled Children's Product

If you believe that your child has been harmed by a toy, piece of clothing, or other product, be sure to follow these guidelines and contact an experienced Product Liability attorney, such as those at Adler & Adler, P.C.

    1. Keep the toy or other product out of reach children.

    2. DO NOT THROW AWAY OR SEND BACK any recalled toys. Companies request recalled toys to be thrown out or sent back—but you only can have a product liability case if you have proof of having the product.

    3. If your child is injured by a malfunctioning or dangerous product, seek medical attention immediately and, again, keep the product as proof that it caused the injury.

    4. For products that have been recalled due to risk of lead poisoning, have your child tested for blood lead levels. This quick, simple blood test is often available for nearly free at many village, town, or county health departments. Call your local city health department for more information.

    5. If your child is ill from what you believe to be a meal at a restaurant or a contaminated food product, he or she must be tested for e. coli and other viruses and bacteria within hours to days of becoming ill, depending on the virus, to prove suffering from food poisoning.

Experienced Product Liability Lawyers

If your child has been injured by a toy or any product designed for use with babies, toddlers or children, please contact Adler & Adler, P.C. immediately for a free initial case review. You need lawyers who are experienced in negotiating and litigating product liability cases. The attorneys at Adler & Adler, P.C. have proven success helping victims receive compensation for injuries or illnesses sustained from hazardous products, including multi-district class-action litigation cases. We fight aggressively for the maximum compensation for all of our clients.


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