Those dangerous toys


Published: Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 6, 2006 at 10:16 p.m.
Let's take some kids and let them play with toys for a New Year's weekend.
As a result, the injuries include two concussions, one liver injury, one kidney injury, two pelvis fractures, four broken wrists, two broken femurs, three broken tibias, and two deep leg cuts.
Six kids were admitted to hospital and four needed surgery. Several of these kids have already sustained previous severe injuries playing with the same toys.
One would expect that in response there would be a demand for laws declaring these toys unsafe, parents refusing to let their kids play with these toys, and lawyers trying to sue the manufactures for producing these unsafe toys. However, if these toys are motorcycles & ATVs no one seems to care.
Parents let kids play with them and on them, and some parents even encourage them to race, do jumps, and perform tricks. Some parents even work to get their kids sponsored as "professional" motorcross racers. In this latter group the question we get from both the kids and the parents is not about the severity of the injury but when can I/he race again?
Most of the above injuries resulted from the local motorcross event held this past weekend. This is probably safer than giving these same kids loaded guns and turning them loose in the woods to go hunting, but not by very much.
Bob Vander Griend, M.D., Associate Professor Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation University of Florida

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