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The US Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates 240,000 injuries and 7 deaths associated with toys in the USA in 2016.

SAFEGUARDS | Toys & Juvenile Products NO. 179/17

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The CPSC report is based on statistics available from different sources: logs from hospital emergency departments, CPSC injury and potential injury reports and death records.

The report presents deaths and injuries associated with toys in 2016. It is important to understand that although a toy is associated with an incident, the toy may not necessarily be the cause of death or injury.

3 fatal accidents are related to ride on toys (two tricycles and a wagon) where children where on the roadway or driveway and were struck by a motor vehicle.

2 other fatal accidents were swimming pool drownings. One accident happened probably when a 6-year-old child tried to recover a ball that went over the fence in the pool area. Another accident was of a child that was seen diving in the pool to retrieve dive toys.

In the above-mentioned cases, it is very unlikely that the accident is caused by the toy itself.

The total number of toy-related injuries does not represent statistically significant changes over the years since 2002.

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The outcomes of children treated in an emergency department are:

  • 96% treated and released
  • 3% admitted and transferred to a hospital
  • 1% held for observation or left without seeing a doctor

The main body parts hurt were:

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The main injury types were:

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To read the full analysis see the CPSC report “Toy-Related Deaths and Injuries Calendar Year 2016”.

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