According to a recent article in USA Today “at least 1,127 toy recalls were issued from Feb. 24, 1974, to Nov. 3, 2022. The most commonly recalled items were dolls, plush toys, action figures, and toy vehicles, including from big manufacturers and retailers.”
Your home may now be filled with all sorts of new gadgets, gizmos and gear! In order to get the most out of those purchases and to make sure your kids are playing with and using things that are safe, it is important to take the time and complete the registration postcard that comes with them. Why? This way, if there is a product recall, you want to be notified right away.
The news is constantly filled with reports of children’s products being recalled and unfortunately sometimes it is because those products have severe injury or even death. Completing the registration process for all child products allows you to get first alerts regarding these important recall notifications followed with instructions on what to do next (return the product, receive a replacement or replacement part, etc).
Didn’t register the product or not sure? Curious about the status of a children’s toy or product? Then visit the Consumer Products Safety Commission website for a list of all products that are under some kind of recall. The site lists the most recent recalls first and also allows you to search past recalls by category.
You can also report an unsafe product yourself.
Maybe you’ve encountered something unsafe happening with a child’s toy or product. The government agency’s employees then keep track of your report and others to look for patterns and series issues so they can investigate further and then alert the public.
Sometimes, a manufacturer may voluntarily recall a product due to their own investigation or findings into a product. If you have completed the registration process, you will be alerted to these recalls and if not, you will find them also listed on the Consumer Products Safety Commission.
Always check the manufacturers recommendations regarding the toy or item and be sure to follow all of their guidelines in properly using the toy or item, too.
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