Baby rattles are one of the most popular baby toys in the nation. These rattles capture a baby’s attention and help young children develop motor skills. Unfortunately, the popularity of novelty rattles used on baby shower cakes and decorations presents a danger to infants. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a warning for parents and caregivers to inspect rattles carefully before giving them to babies.
The CPSC stated that these defective toys present a choking hazard for infants and young children. The toys do not meet the established safety standards for baby rattles, which are very specific with regard to the size and construction of rattles. Novelty baby rattles have been banned and distributors have stopped selling them; however, CPSC officials are concerned about infants and children getting novelty rattles that have already been purchased and used.
The CPSC recommends testing rattles before giving them to infants. The organization uses an oval device with an opening of 35 millimeters by 50 millimeters to test rattles. If any part of the rattle, including the handle, passes through the opening, this means it is small enough to be put in an infant’s mouth. Choose rattles at least as large as these dimensions to prevent choking accidents.
Consumers should stop using hazardous novelty rattles immediately. CPSC officials advise that consumers check with the store where the rattle was purchased to see if any recall or refund programs are in place.
Louisville product liability attorney Tad Thomas started his own practice to help those who have been wronged by others. He regularly handles personal injury cases related to defective and dangerous products.