PKSD Newsletter: Toy Safety This Holiday Season
Even before the pandemic, many people did their holiday shopping online. Not only is it convenient, but it sure beats sitting in traffic or standing in long lines at checkout.
Unfortunately, there are some hidden dangers consumers need to know about, especially when buying toys for children.
Learn more about toy safety tips in this month’s PKSD Newsletter to help you to find the perfect – and safe- toy for your little one this year.
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Counterfeit Toys Are Big Business
When buying toys online, did you know you could be getting a counterfeit item that has had no safety testing? Counterfeit toys are not just being sold online. They are also found in stores trusted by shoppers everywhere.
The U.S. Public Interest Research Group has released its annual report on toy safety, identifying thousands of these counterfeit toys. Toys that are not tested by the Consumer Product Safety Commission may pose serious hazards to children, such as choking, strangulation or other dangers.
Dangers to Watch For
When buying toys for your little one, it can be really difficult to spot the difference. However, toys that may pose the most serious dangers for children are:
- Knockoff toys: With many toys on the market today, counterfeiters may trick consumers by designing advertising images that look similar to the original.
- Second-hand toys: When buying toys secondhand, the risk is getting a toy that has been recalled. However, you can check for recalls on any item you are considering by visiting Saferproducts.gov.
- Choking hazards: Toys with small parts present a serious choking hazard for small children. For this reason, it is best to keep toys with smaller parts, high-powered magnets and batteries away from them.
- Loud toys: Toys that make loud noises can damage your child’s hearing, especially when the exposure is long-term.
There are many other risks to consider when shopping for the children on your holiday list, such as smart toys that connect to the internet. Consumer Reports, an organization dedicated to product testing and consumer-oriented research, offers other safety tips to know about to help keep your child safer online.
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