Check Your List Twice ... For Recalled Toys

By KBJR News 1

December 6, 2010 Updated Dec 6, 2010 at 11:06 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) When kids are making out their wish–lists for Santa...toys are sure to be among the top items.
But many toys find their way onto another list...one that you might want to check twice before you do your Holiday shopping.
Alison Wade has this report on recalled toys, plus some tips on how to select safer toys this holiday season.

The concern over toy safety reached a fever–pitch in 2008 with thousands of dangerous toys imported from China.
Since then The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has made significant changes they say have resulted in a safer marketplace.
Some of the new toy safeguards include:
–establishing lower lead content and lead paint limits.
–converting the voluntary toy standard into a mandatory standard;
–and improved systems to track shipments in transit from other countries.

Inez Tenenbaum – Chairman, Consumer Product Safety Commission)
"In this holiday season the true measure of success at the CPSC is how we can help the young mother or father who is out shopping for toys, a crib or a high chair, find safe, reliable consumer products.

There has been a dramatic decline in toy recalls and toy related deaths since 2008.
There were 44 toy recalls

in 2010, down from 172 in 2008.

There were 12 toy–related deaths to children under the age of 15 in 2009...while tragic, that's down 50 percent from 2007 and 2008.
Most deaths were from drowning, children being struck by cars while playing on riding toys, or airway obstruction from small toy parts.

(stand–up: Here are some safety tips to keep in mind: Check this symbol on the box to make sure you select age appropriate toys, and if your household has more than one child: Keep toys meant for older kids away from younger siblings)

While recalls and deaths have declined, toy–related injuries are on the rise.

In 2009, there were an estimated 186 thousand emergency room visits related to toys, which is up from 152 thousand injuries in 2005.
To keep your family out of the ER over the Holidays...be sure to Include safety gear for sports–related or ride–on toys, have adults supervise battery changing and charging, and be aware of your child's surroundings during play.
Alison Wade, the NNC.