Before buying that toy this holiday season, make sure it isn’t one of the recalled products still available for purchase.
According to a report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Groups Education Fund, over a dozen recalled toys may still be sold on the internet. The non-profit organization examined toys recalled between January 2015 and October 2016.
While recalls for toys have declined in recent years, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported that there were still 185,500 toy-related injuries treated in emergency rooms and 11 deaths involving children under 15 years of age just last year. To remain vigilant when it comes to recalled toys, parents need to do their research to avoid any injuries.
The following are effective ways to stay aware of recalled products for children:
- Be updated on past and present recalls. The CPSC has a list of recalls on their website. Furthermore, parents can subscribe to email updates from the agency at www.recalls.gov. If you encounter a defective product and want to prevent potential injuries for others, you can report unsafe products at www.safeproducts.gov.
- Check item numbers of previously recalled toys. When a toy is recalled, a company or manufacturer often fixes the issue and then puts the product back on sale under the exact same item number.
- Follow the instructions. Toy organizations strongly recommend parents adhere to the age restrictions set forth for safety purposes, especially when toys come with small parts, magnets, or toxic materials.