Even after a recall, some of these dangerous toys might still be found on shelves in toy stores, so it’s important for parents to keep up to date with the latest product safety news to be sure that these toys are kept far away from their children.
- Avoid Choking hazards: never buy toys with small parts for children under 3 years old.
- Watch out for toys with powerful magnets that could fall out and be swallowed. If a child swallows even one magnet, seek immediate medical attention.
- Watch out for strangulation hazards. Remove knobs or beads from cords longer than 1 foot which could tangle into a loop.
- Avoid toys made of PVC plastic which could have lead or toxic chemicals.
You can always visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission or Recalls.gov for the most recent list of any products, including toys, food, medicine, that could be dangerous to you or your family. And check out the U.S. PIRG shopping guide for more tips on how you can be prepared against some of these dangerous hazards.