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TN Santas: Check the List Twice for Toy Safety

November 26, 2007

Nashville, TN – Tennessee Santas need to check their lists twice this year, to make sure any toys they've purchased haven't been recalled over the past few months. Some of the holiday advertisements and catalogs are planned and printed months in advance, which means they include many toys that have been recalled for safety problems since then.

James Swartz, of the organization World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH), says recalls almost every day in recent weeks have added to the confusion this year about which toys are affected. Swartz's group puts together a well known "Top Ten" list of the most dangerous toys each year. He says they've spent years educating parents about toys that are choking hazards or strangulation risks, but now, there also are less obvious safety hazards to worry about.

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

A new study (released this month by Cornell University) shows even levels of lead below federal "safe" standards are associated with reduced IQ scores in kids. Swartz says one of the most-hyped toys, "Aqua-Dots," has turned out to be so dangerous that it was added as a Number Eleven on the list.

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

Swartz believes every toy should be tested before it gets to store shelves. Right now, testing is done after the toy is already on the market. He says recalls are ineffective, because once a product is sold, most are not returned to stores after a recall.

The 2007 list of most dangerous toys can be found online, at

Deborah Smith/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - TN