Several days before her eighth birthday, a Texas girl woke up in the hospital after a horrific drunk driving accident. The crash left her paralyzed from the chest down, requiring months of treatment and rehabilitative therapy.
A drunk driver ran over two children on Halloween night. This was the driver's second alleged DWI offense after she received another conviction in 2010. While authorities expect both children to recover from their injuries, there is no excuse for this kind of driving negligence.
Recently, an 11-month-old infant died when his 2-year-old brother bumped into the furniture holding the family's television, causing it to fall and crush the infant's head and abdomen. Although this seems like a rare occurrence, over 43,000 people are treated in emergency rooms every year for injuries related to the instability of televisions, furniture, and appliances. Around 58 percent of the injuries involve children under the age of 18. Of the 293 reported fatalities occurring during the last decade, 245 tip-over-related deaths involved children 8 years old and younger. More than 90 percent of these fatal incidents involve children 5 years old and younger. The majority of these fatalities occur when the child is crushed by the weight of the television or furniture.
We have all seen them - they look like giant, soft slides and castles. Often you see children playing and jumping on these inflatable playgrounds. They may be called "moonwalks," "bounce houses," or "inflatable rides." What is not known is that these inflatables are dangerous and can be deadly.
The United States Public Interest Research Group recently released their report on the safety level of toys and other children's products. Noting progress, not perfection, the organization found a small fraction of children's toys tested for toxic substances and choking risks to still be in violation of federal safety regulations. PIRG credited a 2008 federal law that imposed stronger regulations and standards on these products to help make them safer. In their 25th annual "Trouble in Toyland" report on hazardous playthings, the group focused on lead or other metal tainted toys, soft plastic toys that contain chemicals harmful to children -- in particular, phthalates -- and toys with small parts that can be choking hazard for young children.