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The Dangers of Baby Walkers

Since the 18th century, parents have been purchasing infant walkers for their children, which are toys with a seat and four wheels that allow infants to move around the house on their own. These devices allow small children to keep themselves entertained while their caregivers focus on other tasks. Unfortunately, their dangers tend to outweigh any benefits they may have.

By the mid-1990′s, doctors had become aware of the hazards of baby walkers. Between 1990 and 2001, an average of about 20,000 infants a year suffered major injuries while using their walkers, usually after falling down flights of stairs. The Canadian government responded to alarming statistics like these by banning the walkers outright; the US government only imposed certain regulations.

Baby Walker Requirements

Since 1997, baby walkers sold in the US have needed to meet safety guidelines. They must either have a mechanism that locks the wheels and prevents the baby from moving when one wheel goes over a step, or a base that is too wide to pass through a standard doorway. Thanks to these regulations, the number of children hurt by baby walker accidents has fallen dramatically.

However, the American Academy of Pediatrics believes that more still needs to be done. They point out that parents now have even safer alternatives to baby walkers: namely, stationary toys that keep babies entertained without giving them full mobility. In addition, according to the AAP, baby walkers may actually delay childhood mobility development.

Sadly, many parents remain unaware of these dangers. Due to this lack of information, parents may continue to buy outdated or poorly made walkers, unknowingly putting their children at risk. Jacksonville defective toys lawyer Don Guthrie, PA is committed to both education and legal action that can reduce the rate of baby walker injuries.

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If your child has been hurt by a badly made baby walker, you may have grounds for legal action. Contact Jacksonville defective baby walker attorney Don Guthrie, PA at 904-296-1088.

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