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MT Santas: Check the List Twice for Toy Safety

November 26, 2007

Helena, MT – Montana Santas are being advised to dig through their bag of gifts to make sure recalled toys didn't accidentally find their way in. It's not an easy task, with recalls almost every day over the past few weeks. Adding to the confusion, recalled toys are still being advertised in shopping catalogs and other media.

James Swartz, with World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH), says the group has spent years educating parents, in Montana and around the nation, about toys that are choking hazards or strangulation risks; but now they have less-obvious safety hazards to worry about.

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

Currently, testing is done after the toy is on the market, but Swartz believes every toy should be tested before it gets to merchants' shelves. He says recalls are not effective because once a product is sold, most buyers do not return their purchase to the store after the recall. A new Cornell University study shows that even levels of lead below federal "safe standards" are associated with reduced IQ scores in children.

Swartz says one of the most-hyped toys, Aqua-Dots, has turned out to be so dangerous that it was added as No. 11 to his "Top 10" 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 mean that they're safe."

WATCH's 2007 list of most dangerous toys is at The lead study is available from Cornell University, at

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - MT