December 14, 2006
GENERAL CURRAN URGES CONSUMERS TO BE VIGILANT WHEN SHOPPING FOR
In the midst
of the holiday season, Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran,
Jr. urges Marylanders, as they venture out to
do their holiday shopping, to be vigilant when shopping for children’s
toys. “Parents need to know what toys are dangerous and how
to choose toys that are safe and appropriate for their child’s
age,” Attorney General Curran said.
have been issued on such things as toy mood necklaces containing
high levels of lead and “Polly Pocket” toys
that were choking hazards, for example.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported that
more than 210,000 children visited emergency rooms as a result
of toy-related injuries in 2004. Today, toy manufacturers must
comply with federal toy-making regulations on such things as: small
parts that could lodge in the throat, sharp points and edges, paint
and toxic materials.
oversight, Attorney General Curran wants consumers to know there
are two things they need to do to help protect their
children from harmful toys: learn the guidelines for buying toys
that are safe and appropriate for a child’s age, and stay
informed of recalls.
visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s
website, www.cpsc.gov, to see a list of toys recalled for being
potentially dangerous, and they can sign up to receive the Commission’s
recall notices by e-mail.
General Curran also recommended that parents check out Maryland
Interest Group’s www.toysafety.net.
The site lists potentially hazardous toys found in stores during
a recent survey of stores
in Maryland and Virginia.
Guidelines for Protecting Your Children from Unsafe Toys:
the label and follow the manufacturer’s
over-complicated toys. Be certain you—and when necessary
your child—understand the directions or instructions
on a toy.
toys with sharp edges, small parts or strings.
on what material is inside stuffed toys. Beans, chopped walnut
or little plastic pellets can cause injuries if
the toy is torn open or they fall out
your older toys for wear and tear.
toy is not for every tot. Teach your older children to keep
toys that could be harmful
to smaller kids out of
the reach of younger children.