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Toy Safety and Injury Prevention

Billions of toys for children of all ages are sold each year in the United States. Unfortunately, toys also are linked with thousands of injuries each year, some of which result in death.

Children ages 4 and under are especially at risk for injury from toys. Injuries can range from falling, choking, strangulation, burning, drowning and even poisoning. However, the leading cause of toy-related death is choking, usually on latex balloons.

Injury often results when a toy is misused or used by children who are too young for that particular toy. Toys with small parts, designed for older children, can cause choking when a small child puts this toy in his or her mouth.

Knowing what dangers are linked with certain toys and age groups can help you better protect your child from injuries.

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Last Updated: 09/2012