Dangerous toys are on the decline. The Illinois attorney general’s office is out with its sixth annual Safe Shopping Guide, identifying the 14 toys subject to federal recall this year. There used to be hundreds each year, but Brian Imus of the Illinois Public Interest Research Group says a federal law, enacted in 2008, has prompted toy companies to take safety seriously.
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“There’s better enforcement, more resources for the Consumer Products Safety Commission, and manufacturers are on notice to make sure their products are safe before they put them on store shelves,” he said. The guide also lists juvenile products such as seats and playpens, household items, athletic equipment and food items that have been shown to be dangerous to children.
This year’s guide includes a child seat intended for infants ages 4 to 8 months to help them sit up, but in a number of instances, the kids have fallen over and hit their heads on the floor. Another particular problem is strong magnets that children might swallow; they are said to be as harmful as shrapnel inside the body.
You can see the guide at www.IllinoisAttorneyGeneral.gov, or visit the attorney general’s office to pick up a copy, or call 888-414-7678 to have one mailed to you.