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Consumer Safety -- Toys

Posted by Dev Sethi | Apr 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Safety First for Holiday Toys

Consumer advocates have come out with their annual holiday shopping tips designed to help Santas everywhere avoid dangerous toys. There is good reason for parents to be careful while picking out presents this holiday season. Even with new lead standards in place as part of a landmark consumer safety bill passed in August, dangerous toys are still on the shelves. In fact, because new safety standards won't take effect until early 2009, retailers may discount dangerous toys to get them off of their shelves before the deadline.
How can you best protect your familiy while shopping for toys? Arm yourself with the best information. Visit to make sure none of the toys on your list have been recalled. Or check out the latest from the Public Interest Research Group, who lists ways to protect kids from toy hazards. Parents are also learning that the internet provides a great forum for sharing information and helping others out with lessons from their own experience. Mom-written blogs likeĀ andĀ indespensible.

As for shopping tips, keep these in mind:
Don't by toys with magnets or costume jewelry for toddlers. Keep the "Toilet Paper Rule" in mind...if a small piece of the toy can fit through the the cardboard toilet paper tube, it's a choking hazard.

Don't buy used toy, which may be chipped or cracked.

Avoid toys made with PVC, which often contain hormone-like chemicals called phthalates. They are often marked with a Number 3 recycling code.

Buy only brand name toys. Big companies are not failsafe, but they have a huge stake in keeping toys safe and protecting their name and goodwill.

About the Author

Dev Sethi

Dev Sethi litigates and tries a wide-range of complex injury and death cases throughout Arizona. He has Martindale Hubbell's highest rating, AV, and he is listed in "Best Lawyers." Dev is also recognized as an Arizona Super Lawyer in the area of plaintiff's products liability litigation.Dev has been at the forefront of auto product defect litigation. He played a key role in uncovering the Goodyear Load Range E tire scandal and worked to hold Ford Motor Company responsible for the danger posed by their now notorious 15-passenger vans. Dev is currently representing families in product liability suits against the nation's largest corporations including General Motors, Ford, Pentair Pools and Invacare.


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