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Better Safe Than Sorry: Toys to Avoid This Christmas

Better Safe Than Sorry: Toys to Avoid This Christmas


By: Jackie

Better Safe Than Sorry: Toys to Avoid This Christmas

Your BBB® has found three helpful resources for parents this holiday season. The first resource is from Lisa Madigan, the Attorney General of Illinois and is entitled “Safe Shopping Guide.” The Guide contains information about recalls on unsafe toys, furniture and baby gear, clothing and jewelry, ATVs, bikes, and hoverboards. Click here to read and download a copy of the Guide.

Another helpful resource for parents comes from World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.) and lists the 10 Worst Toys of 2016. According to W.A.T.C.H., unsafe toys remain an ongoing problem.

W.A.T.C.H. goes on to say that due to poor design, manufacturing and marketing practices, there are toys available for purchase today with the potential to lead to serious injury and even death. W.A.T.C.H. urges parents and caregivers to take precautions when buying toysespecially during the 2016 Holiday Season, which accounts for more than 65% of all toy sales. Click here to read and download a copy of the list.

A third resource is a News Release from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) entitled “Safer Together: CPSC and CBP Collaborate to Keep Unsafe Toys Off Store Shelves.”

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Health Canada and Mexico’s Consumer Protection Federal Agency (PROFECO) held their Third North America Consumer Product Safety Summit in Mexico City on November 18 and 19, 2015 to collaborate on ways to protect young children from dangerous and illegal toys.

U.S. federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the CPSC. The three organizations are working together to enhance communication and improve notification procedures. The next summit will be held in 2018.

If you experience a dangerous product or a product-related injury, you can report the product to or call CPSC’s Hotline at 800-638-2772 or teletypewriter at 301-595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain news release and recall information at, on Twitter @USCPSC or by subscribing to CPSC’s free e-mail newsletters.

For more information you can trust on product recalls and other important consumer information, visit


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Jackie is the Operations and Education Foundation Assistant with the BBB. She assists consumers with business inquiries, and does presentations to senior groups and high school students. She is a regular contributor to the blog.