People who buy their child a riding toy need to buy the helmet, pads and other safety equipment necessary for safe use, Fleming stated.
"The complete gift includes all the safety gear," she said.
When shopping, parents can improve their chances of picking a safe toy by paying attention to the warning labels on toy packaging, Fleming and Hitchcock said.
The labels don't pertain to a child's aptitude. Rather, they take into account a wide range of developmental factors like dexterity and "mouthing behavior" to determine which toys pose a hazard to younger children.
"Always be a good label reader," Fleming said. "These labels are provided for safety."
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