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Nevada Parents: Check the "Recall" Christmas List

December 24, 2007

Las Vegas, NV – With the rush of post-Christmas sales about to begin, there are still millions of toys on store shelves that pose acute health risks to children, particularly the danger of lead poisoning. A measure before Congress would have tightened toy safety standards, but the Senate started its holiday recess without taking action on it.

Jim Crockett, a personal-injury lawyer in Las Vegas, says this means parents need to be aware that much-publicized recalls of 25 million toys have not removed all the dangerous products from the market. He says more national action is needed.

"I just don't think that you can put the burden on the consumer, because I think most people have blind faith in the government, that it wouldn't let something unsafe be sold in the stores. They just don't realize that's not the case. What needs to be done is long overdue, and that is, we need to impose the same kinds of safety standards on toys that are sold in this country, regardless of where they're manufactured."

Crockett says the biggest problem is also the hardest to detect: the lead in some foreign-made toys.

"Kids always put things in their mouth, it's just something that kids do; and lead, of course, is poisonous. If the toys have small things in them that can be swallowed by the child, that poses a safety hazard."

The Consumer Product Safety Modernization Act passed the House unanimously, and action in the Senate could come early next year. The legislation would make U.S. lead safety standards the toughest anywhere. In the meantime, Crockett recommends that Nevadans and other toy shoppers consult this year's list of most dangerous toys published by the group, World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH). It can be found online, at

Michael Clifford/John Robinson, Public News Service - NV