More dangerous children’s products were recalled last year, according to a new report. According to the group Kids in Danger, not only did more toys and clothing for kids get recalled in 2013, but many recalled products from previous years are still in homes or remain with the manufacturers. Only 10 percent of all 2012 recalled children’s products were destroyed or fixed.
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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says companies need to do more to alert customers about these potentially dangerous items. “Not just because there’s a presumption that if you go to the store and purchase something, it should be safe,” Madigan said, “but also because who could imagine such a thing as a toy that is unsafe? Clothing that is unsafe? Cribs that are unsafe? Yet year after year, we have continued to see recalls of these items.” The report says companies are underutilizing Facebook and Twitter to spread recall notices, though it’s required by federal and state law that such notices be posted in prominent locations.
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