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Baby walkers may cause injuries, delay developmental growth

Posted on January 30, 2015 11:45 am under Product Liability

Baby walkers have been utilized by many parents in the U.S. to teach their kids how to walk or keep them occupied with activity. Through time, though, more and more reports of injuries have been associated with its use. In fact, in 1994, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warned about injuries and deaths associated with walkers.

Some of the most common injuries associated with walkers are:

  • Amputations
  • Broken bones
  • Broken teeth
  • Head trauma
  • Entrapment of fingers/hands
  • Injuries from reaching hot, poisonous, or heavy objects

Additionally, walker use has been found to possibly delay developmental growth among babies. A study published in the American Academy of Pediatrics revealed that babies using walkers may skip the natural phase of working with their arms and legs, crawling, and pulling themselves up before walking, and their motor skills may be affected. Baby walkers also prevent babies from seeing their legs while walking. Because it is necessary for babies to see their moving limbs while learning how to walk, using a walker might halt them from achieving certain motor skill milestones.

If your baby has been hurt by a defectively manufactured or designed baby walker in Madison, explore the possibility of filing legal action by speaking with a product liability attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®. Call us at (414) 271-0900 today.