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Redesigned vintage toys provide a reminder about product safety

Now that the weather is warming up, you may be ready for some summer fun like many residents in Schenectady. No summer is complete without activities involving the water or the outdoors, and recreational toys are a big part of many family adventures. At Bendall & Mednick, we understand that a defective product can lead to injury or worse.

Toy manufacturers these days have taken steps to make their products as safe as possible for consumers. You might remember such summer toys as lawn darts, sprinkler attachments for kids and the Slip ‘n Slide. In the 1980s and early 1990s, some of these products – particularly lawn darts – were responsible for serious injuries and were recalled, according to AOL. You might be happy to learn that safer versions of these products have been designed by toy companies for use this summer.

Even so, you should always be aware that some new toys might have design flaws or defective parts that can make them dangerous. In a list of some of the most hazardous toys recently, numerous projectile toys and products with small parts that could break off and present a choking hazard were included in the list. A quick-folding trampoline was also described as one of the new toys that caused injuries to children.

Fortunately, the majority of summer products available this season should be safe and fun for you and your family. However, it is always wise to inspect toys thoroughly before letting your children play with them and to provide proper supervision when needed. Learn more about dangerous toys and other products by visiting our products liability page.

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