PNS Daily Newscast - April 6, 2020 

More than 3 million Americans have lost employer-based health insurance over the past two weeks; and policy analysts look to keep us healthy and financially stable.

2020Talks - April 6, 2020 

Wisconsin is planning to go ahead with primaries as usual, despite requests for a delay from the Governor, and lawsuits from voting rights advocates. There's also a judicial election, where a liberal judge is challenging the conservative incumbent.

‘All Parents Want for X-mas:’ Toys that Don’t Lead to the Emergency Room

November 12, 2007

Denver, CO – It's Christmas shopping season again, but which toys are safe for kids? News about tainted toys and product recalls continue to roll in, and how do parents know if they're buying a product that's already on a recall list?

It happened to one of Arvada attorney Paul Komyatte's clients. The young boy required emergency surgery to remove part of his intestine after swallowing parts of a magnetic toy that had been the subject of a voluntary recall. The same product had been attributed to the death of another child, but Komyatte says the company didn't pull the product from the shelves, and the government couldn't do enough to force the company's hand.

"The Consumer Product Safety Commission just doesn't have the resources to really ensure toy safety and you see this time and again now, with all these toy recalls coming out. The first step would be beefing up the CPSC, in terms of resources, staff, and manpower."

Colorado Congressional Representative Diana DeGette has introduced federal legislation to strengthen the CPSC. Sara Odendahl, of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, believes one of the most important provisions of DeGette's proposal would expedite the recall process for dangerous products.

"Given the fact that over 50 products have been recalled in 2007 alone, it is pertinent that companies are held accountable for their actions and consumers are adequately warned."

The toy in Komyatte's case was called "Magnetix," sold by Rose Art and Mega Brands. The company argues it responded to concerns and continues to sell a redesigned version of the toy. However, problems have been reported with both new and old versions of the product in several cases, including Komyatte's client.

Eric Mack/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - CO