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Toy Shopping? Check the List Twice for Safety in Idaho

November 19, 2007

Boise, ID – Getting an early start on holiday shopping means some extra homework this year because of the millions of toys recalled due to safety issues. Idaho shoppers will notice that many of those recalled toys are still being featured in advertising, since those campaigns were designed before the problems came to light. James Swartz with World Against Toys Causing Harm says they've spent years educating Idaho parents about toys that are choking hazards, or strangulation risks – but now parents have less obvious safety hazards to worry about.

"With these other issues, like the chemicals and the lead and those kinds of things, consumers, understandably, feel a bit helpless."

Swartz adds one of the most-hyped toys, "Aqua-Dots," has turned out to be so dangerous it was added as number eleven to his "Top Ten" list of most hazardous toys this year.

"This is an important lesson. Just the fact that these toys are getting out to the shelves in the United States, doesn't necessarily meant that they're safe."

Swartz says every toy should be tested before it gets to the store shelf. Right now, testing is done after the toy is on the market. He says recalls are not effective in keeping dangerous products away from consumers because most products are never returned to stores.

The 2007 list of most dangerous toys can be found online, at http://www.toysafety.org/worstToyList_index.html.

Deborah Smith/John Robinson, Public News Service - ID