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Toy Safety Checklist for Idaho Santas

December 11, 2006

Boise, ID - A bow and arrow set, a Superman lamp, and a pull-toy for toddlers have each made the "Ten Worst Toys" list this year because they can cause injury or death. That's according to attorney James Swartz, whose family has compiled the list for 34 years. He says toys that are clearly dangerous show up every year on Idaho store shelves, even toys that have been recalled in previous years.

"These things are still out there. You still need to be careful and basically, don't assume that toys are safe simply because they're making their way to the shelves during the holiday season."

Swartz thinks toy companies should safety-test products. He acknowledges that some do, but he says it's not consistent.

"We shouldn't be at a point where we have over 8 million units of toys recalled in this past year alone, since the last Christmas season."

Swartz says in compiling the "Ten Worst" list, they look for toys that can cause choking, strangulation, electrocution or projectile injuries. Some toy companies have responded to their listings, saying the toy's packaging contains proper safety warnings.

The full report can be viewed online, at www.toysafety.org.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - ID