Parents buy toys in order to keep their little ones entertained and nothing can be more frustrating than when a newly purchased toy begins to malfunction or falls apart. Besides the inevitable tantrums and tears, a faulty toy could also result in an injury and it is essential to know your rights when it comes to purchasing toys.
What standard should I expect of children’s toys?
As with all purchases, toys are covered under the Sale of Goods Act 1979 and therefore, parents can expect a reasonable standard of safety and durability when it comes to their children’s toys. We all know that our kids sometimes love nothing more than making a mess. If a toy states that it is machine washable yet falls apart during the first spin cycle, then it is clearly defective.
As a consumer you have a right to expect a toy to be free of cosmetic damage and defects. If you find a toy to be damaged or defective, then return it to the retailer or manufacturer as soon as possible. The last thing any parent wants is for their child to be playing with a toy that could potentially injure them.
I’m worried my child could be injured by a faulty toy, what can I do?
As a consequence of the modern age, children’s toys are becoming increasingly more high-tech, meaning that the potential for injury as the result of a defective product is also increased. Before you purchase an expensive toy for your child, check the product reviews online. These reviews can be an invaluable source of information from other parents who share your worries. It may also be an idea to check the toy against a list of products that have been recalled.
My child has been injured as the result of a faulty toy, surely they can’t make a claim for compensation?
It’s every parent’s worst nightmare to have their child injured and the effects can be very traumatizing if this is the result of playing with one of their most beloved toys. You can make a claim for compensation on your child’s behalf if they’ve been injured as the result of a faulty toy within the last 3 years and it wasn’t their fault. With Accident Advice Helpline, you can benefit from our years of experience in all areas of personal injury compensation. Just call us on 0800 689 0500 at any time.
Date Published: February 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice