Report: Parents beware of recalled toys for sale online

Parents need to know that recalled toys are lurking online, according to the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group.
Parents need to know that recalled toys are lurking online, according to the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group. –Shutterstock

Before parents shop online for toys this holiday season, they should know that recalled toys are lurking in online stores.

That’s the message the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group (MASSPIRG) wants parents to know after releasing its 31st annual “Trouble in Toyland” report.

The organization says it has discovered toys for sale online that have been recalled due to concerns about lead, powerful magnets children can ingest and other hazards. According to MASSPIRG, it is illegal to sell a recalled product and the group has notified the CPSC about the incidents.

“We should be able to trust that the toys we buy are safe,” said Tehya Saylor, organizer with MASSPIRG.

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But that isn’t always the case, she said.

That’s why parents need to be vigilant checking their homes for recalled toys, Saylor said. And it’s important to note that just because an item is for sale online, that doesn’t make it safe, she said.

A few of the recalled toys still available for sale include a toy glockenspiel recalled in February due to high levels of lead in the paint, a remote-controlled flying toy recalled in June because the USB charging cord can overheat, and a pencil case containing two magnets that can detach and become an ingestion hazard.

What’s the best way to stay informed? The MASSPIRG recommends parents subscribe to email recall updates from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and other U.S. government safety agencies available at www.recalls.gov. Parents can also check the CPSC recall database at CPSC.gov before buying toys online.

Read the full report, which lists toys recalled by the CPSC from January 2015 to October 2016.

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