Horse-on-a-Stick and Rocking Horse Recalled Because of Strangulation Risks


November 20, 2010

Two separate toys have been recalled because of similar features that pose a risk of strangulation to small children. The first product is Horse-on-a-Stick which was manufactured in China and imported by Big Ideas Marketing, Inc. The toy is a plush stick horse toy with a plastic bridle and reins. The other toy that has been recalled is a rocking horse, which was manufactured in Poland and imported by Rocking Horse Depot.

Both toys have reins that are long enough to become wrapped around the neck of a child, posing a risk of strangulation. The recall resulted from near strangulation incidents in which children became entangled in the reins. Defective and dangerous toys injure over 10,000 children per year. These incidents may lead to serious injuries or even death. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we have been representing children injured by defective or dangerous toys in Atlanta and throughout Georgia for over 25 years.

When manufacturers and retailers supply children’s toys, they have a responsibility under Georgia product liability law to make sure that the toys are reasonably safe for their intended recipients. Children's toys must be designed and constructed to withstand the normal level of use that can reasonably be expected from the anticipated user. When the anticipated user is a child, the behavior of children at the intended age level needs to be considered. While long reins on a toy horse might pose no hazard at all for a mature adult who is able to anticipate and avoid the risk of entanglement, a small child may not appreciate the risk or be able to avoid becoming entangled. Under Georgia product liability law, retailers as well as manufacturers (which are often located overseas) can be held accountable for unsafe children's toys. A child who is injured by a defective toy may seek compensation including medical costs, pain and suffering, loss of wages (where applicable), diminished earnings capacity, and funeral costs in the tragic event of a death.

Many children and infants are seriously injured because of dangerous, unsafe, or defective toys every day. It is emotionally devastating to discover that one’s child was seriously injured or killed by a defective or dangerous toy. There are an alarming number of dangerous and defective products widely available in stores throughout Georgia. Toys are only one example of defective products that can lead to serious injuries of children. Other products that may cause serious injuries to children include defective cribs, furniture, child car seats, or clothing. Dangerous products in the hands of children can lead to a wide array of injuries including burn injuries, cuts and bruises, scars, broken bones, head injuries, disfigurement, or lead to choking, strangulation, blindness, permanent disabilities, or death. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we are committed to ensuring that manufacturers and retailers are held accountable, especially when their defective toys or other products harm the most vulnerable members of our society.

If your child is injured or killed by a defective or dangerous toy or other defective product, Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, can help you get the compensation you deserve, so that you can focus on the emotional and physical care of your injured child. If your child has been seriously injured or killed by a dangerous toy or other defective product, Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, will help you seek compensation for your child’s injuries as we have been doing for those throughout Georgia for over 25 years. Our Georgia products liability lawyers are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com. No matter where you are in Georgia, we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.

Category: Personal Injury

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