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Toys to Avoid This Christmas Season

Toys to Avoid This Christmas Season - The Beacon


By: Jackie

Toys to Avoid This Christmas Season

Your BBB® has found two 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.” Click here to read and download a copy of the Guide.

According to Attorney General Madigan, the Guide contains “detailed descriptions and photographs of toys, cribs, furniture, children’s clothing, and ATVs recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission this year.” Also included in the Guide is helpful information for parents who are considering purchasing a smartphone, tablet, video game or other Internet-accessible device for their children. It provides a how-to for parents and caregivers to set age-appropriate limits on those devices so they can monitor what their children access online. There is also a sample “Agreement to Abide by the Rules” for Internet use that can be signed by parents and child and a page on “Safety Features and Parental Controls on Digital Devices.”

The other helpful resource for parents comes from World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.) and lists the 10 Worst Toys of 2015. Click here to read and download a copy of the list.

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.

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.