Parents have legitimate reasons to worry about dangerous or defective automobiles, child safety seats and so many other products which come into contact with their kids. Unfortunately, parents need to be cautious even with the very dolls, toy trucks and building blocks that bring their children so much joy. Toy recalls occur much more frequently than any parent would prefer. However, there are ways that parents can educate themselves about dangerous and defective toys which have found their ways into the marketplace.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is the federal body responsible for recalling potentially hazardous toys. The CPSC lists every toy that is recalled on its website. From 2006 to 2008, the CPSC recalled 38, 82 and 32 toys, respectively. Most recalled toys put children at risk for lead exposure, burns and choking.
High levels of lead in a child’s bloodstream can have serious health consequences. In 2008, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act was passed to limit the amount of lead in toys and other children’s products. The number of recalls for children’s products manufactured in the United States has diminished as a result.