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How to Avoid Recalled Christmas Toys

Published on 11/19/2013
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Christmas is the time kids love getting gifts. They dream about what they will find under the tree or in their stockings. They usually leave hints about what they would like to see under the tree. They might whisper about their gift desires in jolly St. Nick’s ear and make lists months in advance. As a parent, we want our kids to be happy and when appropriate we try to give them what they want. Besides knowing if it is age appropriate, it’s also important to know if a toy is safe to give a child. It seems every year that there are more toy recalls when there is something dangerous about the toy, or toxic in how it is made. The gift giver needs to be aware of toy recalls and what to look out for when purchasing toys so that the gift is received with joy instead of disaster.

Understanding the anatomy of a toy recall:

A toy recall generally starts with an investigation into incidents of injury or from tests run in quality control labs. Unfortunately usually an incident means that the dangerous toy has already injured a child or perhaps several children.

Currently on the US Consumer Product Safety Commission Website there is a whole page of recalls. You might want to first check these lists before shopping.

The best scenario would be if the company’s quality control department discovered the dangerous situation before toys reached the shelves, so that no innocent children would be injured or made ill due to playing with a toy.

Safety standards are an important part of any product manufacturing process and obeying these standards should be expected especially when the products are made to be used by children. Monitoring, and enforcing these regulations should be of the highest level of ability of the US government and companies should be held accountable for violating these safety standards.

Part of the problem is that so many of the US products are manufactured globally and not in the US. China has been cited as the manufacturing country in several recent toy recalls for lead paint infractions. It is the responsibility of the US government and the US companies to expect compliance from those countries they deal with and to be able to regulate obedience and enforcement.

Finding Out About Toy Recalls:

Consumers can find out about a toy recall directly from toy companies or from the US government by way of Websites like the Consumer Product Safety Commission site located at:

http://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/

When a determination has been made by a company to recall a toy, they usually set up a hotline and information on the company Website that addresses the recall issue including the particulars about what toy is being recalled and what consumers are to do if they have the toy in their possession.

Many news agencies also make toy recalls public by making announcements and by giving information about the toy to the public.

One good reason to fill out that product questionnaire you received in the box is that if you register the product with the company, the company then has the ability to update you on issues with that product including any recalls.

There is a blog that has a comprehensive list of recalls including the latest toy recalls. The blog can be accessed at:

http://www.usrecallnews.com/section/toy-recalls

The best thing any concerned individual can do regarding giving toys at Christmas or anytime of the year is to stay informed and pay attention to any news reports regarding recalls.

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