2008 may have been memorable in many ways, but it also represented a year of many popular toys being recalled. A very sad statement at Christmas.
Parents’ Magazine issued a list of some of these recalled toys including pictures so that parents can see if they purchased one of the potentially dangerous playthings.
And just two days before Christmas, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued yet another recall — a toy red, steel drum that has too much lead paint.
Starting Jan. 1, 2010, more stringent toy labeling will be required in Illinois in what is one of the nation’s toughest warning label provisions for toys that have lead. Following an investigation by the Chicago Tribune, even small amounts of lead in toys, children’s jewelry and baby items must be labeled. Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office drafted the legislation and pushed for its passage. Illinois law already bars the sale of toys containing more than 600 parts per million of lead.
Robert Clifford has written about dangerous toys. He represents the family of a young boy who required life saving surgery after he swallowed small, sharp magnets that ripped apart his digestive track as they began to cling together in his stomach and intestines. His brave mother testified before a senate hearing in Chicago chaired by Illinois Senator Dick Durbin.
If you have any questions about recalled toys, call the CPSC Hotline at 1-800-638-2772 or visit the governmental agency’s website at www.cpsc.gov/talk.html.
Please stay safe this holiday season.