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FDA says laser toys may injure children

The FDA recently released a statement about the safety of laser toys that may be of interest to Texas parents. The statement claims that these toys may be dangerous to the eyesight of those who come into contact with them. When dealing with any potentially dangerous product, it is important for parents to be as cautious as possible and understand the risks the product poses to their child.

According to the FDA, a laser beam's concentrated light can deteriorate eyesight or even lead to blindness. The FDA claims that while anyone who comes into contact with these toys can be injured, children are injured most commonly. A spokesman for the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health says that because these toys are marketed as playthings, parents and children both may believe the toys are completely safe.

The report states that laser beams do not cause immediate pain. However, even one use can lead to permanent burns or other eye damage over time. According to the FDA, only products with labeling stating that it complies with 21 CFR Subchapter J should be considered safe, and even these products should not be pointed directly at people or animals. This is especially true for people driving or playing sports.

The FDA cites products such as laser pointers used for aiming toy guns or those used to create optical effects for entertainment, among others. Taking the time to read a laser product's label may help parents keep their children safer. Considering legal action might be prudent if a parent believes that their child has been hurt by lasers or any other unsafe product. An attorney may be able to help a parent review their case to determine if a lawsuit is appropriate.

Source: Huffington Post, "Laser Toys Are Dangerous For Kids, FDA Says", Mandy Velez, August 06, 2013

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