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Report: "Bad Toys" Show Up On Oregon Store Shelves

December 14, 2006

Portland, OR - Well-known company names are no guarantee of toy safety, according to the author of the annual pre-holiday "Ten Worst Toys" list. Examples of toys that are hazardous to children are featured every year, and they're easy to find on Oregon store shelves.

Attorney James Swartz compiles the list, and he says some of this year's offenders look like "Ghosts of Christmas Past," with toys recalled in previous years that have shown up again, including pull-toys with long cords, which can be a strangulation hazard.

"Not enough attention is being paid on these safety issues to lessons of the past, and that's really a concern to us."

Swartz says the list has been compiled for 34 years, and even big-name toy companies, including Fisher Price, have products on this year's list.

"Clearly, the system isn't working. The self-policing isn't working, the voluntary standards aren't working. There needs to be more done by the government, and more attention paid by the manufacturers."

Toys on the list include a wooden bow-and-arrow set without proper protective tips, a Superman lamp that can be an electrocution risk, and dolls with small parts that come off easily, making them choking hazards for small children.

Some toy companies have responded, saying appropriate warnings are listed on the packaging. Swartz says people can't be too careful in selecting toys for their little ones that are both safe and age-appropriate. His annual "Ten Worst Toys" list is available online, at

Dondrea Warner/Eric Mack, Public News Service - OR