Ed Swartz, a senior member of the Massachusetts bar and longtime legal advocate for children, passed away this month in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Attorney Swartz was a personal injury trial lawyer who devoted much time and energy to preventing injuries to children. Each year he would publish a “top 10” list of dangerous holiday toys, as the “pioneer” of toy safety, according to consumer advocate Ralph Nader.
Swartz was a trial lawyer who took on the biggest toy manufacturers.
He won a jury verdict in Buffalo, New York, against Fisher Price for marketing small toys (Little People) to toddlers. Fisher Price redesigned the toy as a result. He represented the family of a victim of a traumatic injury against a pool company which put pictures of kids diving into a pool that was too shallow to dive into.
Attorney Swartz published the 1971 book Toys That Don’t Care about the dangerousness of toys and the indifference of manufacturers. In 1986 he published Toys That Kill about the same subject. He was a regular at Congressional hearings, and on the 60 Minutes television show.