There is no denying that lead in children’s toys can lead to fatal consequences in Tennessee. Even when not deadly, lead can result in lifelong injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention points out that exposure to lead can cause the following:
- Issues with the nervous system
- Harming a child’s developing brain
- Decreased intelligence
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there have been a number of federal measures put in place to reduce the incidence of lead poisoning in children. One such measure is that the CPSC limits how much lead a child’s product can have, whether it is in the toy itself or in the paint or coating that covers it. Currently, a toy cannot have more than 100 parts per million of lead content.
When a parent or guardian believes that a child may have been exposed to a dangerous toy, the item should be taken to a laboratory. There, researchers can test it to determine its lead content. The CPSC advises parents to review its list of products that have been recalled specifically due to lead.
A parent may be able to tell that a child has been exposed to lead because the child will exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, weight loss and even developmental delays. Finding the toy that caused it could be difficult, as the naked eye cannot see lead nor does lead have a smell. However, a physician can test the child’s blood to look for signs of lead poisoning.
Should those tests come back positive, parents do have the right to take legal recourse against the responsible parties. Damages stemming from lead poisoning can be costly and follow a child for a lifetime.