Mark Joye, a product liability attorney, stresses the importance of keeping kids safe from dangerous and defective toys and other products this Christmas.

With the Christmas season in full swing, Charleston defective products lawyer Mark Joye today urged consumers to make sure the toys they buy children during the holiday season are safe.

“Too many dangerous toys and other products are making their way into our children’s playrooms and homes, posing a threat to people of all ages,” said Joye, a partner with the Joye Law Firm, a personal injury firm with offices in Clinton, Charleston and Myrtle Beach. “It’s important for shoppers to be vigilant about the safety of the toys and other gifts they purchase this time of year. These dangerous toys should never reach store shelves in the first place.”

A number of organizations are working to keep children safe from dangerous and defective products, and Joye said that he endorses their efforts.

Prevent Blindness America has declared December “Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month.” The group has provided a list of tips to help shoppers choose safe gifts for children. Meanwhile, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has teamed with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to prevent imports of unsafe toys, having already seized more than 2 million dangerous toys and other children’s products this year.

“Joye Law Firm commends these organizations for their work to keep dangerous toys out of the country and away from children,” Joye said. “It’s good for parents to have resources like these to make sure safety remains a priority in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.”

The U.S. CPSC estimated that 251,700 toy-related injuries sent people to hospital emergency rooms across the country in 2011. Nearly three quarters of those injuries were to those under the age of 15.

The Prevent Blindness America campaign provides gift-giving tips to all those planning to purchase a gift for a child this year. Tips include inspecting toys before buying, avoiding toys with small magnets for younger children and inspecting toys for sturdiness.

“Our firm supports all efforts to draw attention to keeping children out of harm’s way,” Joye said. “The tips from Prevent Blindness America offer concrete, useful guidelines for anyone buying products and toys for children.”

The partnership between the U.S. CPSC and U.S. Customs has CPSC investigators and Customs inspectors working together at ports across the country to keep families safe. In the last four years, the two organizations have stopped more than 8.5 million units of about 2,400 different toys and children’s products from entering the country due to safety hazards or the failure to meet federal safety standards. The CPSC also recalled 38 toys in fiscal year 2012, three of which involved a lead violation, according to an announcement the organizations issued.

“It’s important to make sure no dangerous toys are sold in South Carolina or anywhere in the United States,” Joye said. “Our firm praises these and all efforts that stop these products from reaching consumers.”

Unfortunately, some dangerous toys do make it into stores and into children’s toy boxes. Joye encouraged people who believe their child has been harmed by a defective or dangerous product to seek help from a qualified South Carolina products liability lawyer like those at Joye Law Firm.

“An experienced defective products lawyer can evaluate your case and investigate the product that caused harm and help you get the compensation you deserve,” he said. 

About Joye Law Firm

Since 1968, Joye Law Firm has been fighting to help people throughout South Carolina with their legal challenges in a broad range of practice areas, including personal injury, car accidents, birth injury, brain injury, defective products, drug injury, motorcycle accidents, nursing home abuse, Social Security disability, spinal cord injury, traffic tickets, truck accidents, workers’ compensation and wrongful death. The South Carolina law firm has offices in Clinton, Charleston and Myrtle Beach and assists clients in areas that include Florence, Richland County, Orangeburg, Columbia, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Summerville and the Horry County communities of Conway and North Myrtle Beach. The firm’s Charleston-area office is located at Northgate Office Building, 5861 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29406 (local phone (888) 324-3100), and its Myrtle Beach office is located at 8703 Highway 17 Bypass, Unit H, Myrtle Beach, SC 29575 (local phone (843) 215-3100). Contact Joye Law Firm by calling (888) 324-3100 or by filling out its online form.

About the Author

Mark Joye is the Head of the Litigation Department at the Joye Law Firm. A Board-Certified Trial Advocate with nearly 30 years of litigation experience, he currently serves on the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice and is a past president of the South Carolina Association for Justice. In a recent trial, Joye headed a trial team that secured $17 million for a family killed in a tractor-trailer accident.

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