LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – TALLAHASSEE, FL – Attorney General Bill McCollum today issued a consumer advisory, urging parents to check toy recall lists before shopping for their children’s holiday presents. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), more than 50 toys have been recalled since the beginning of the year, most due to toxic levels of lead or lead paint. The toys include popular brands such as Mattel and Fisher-Price and millions of “must-have” toys such as certain Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Toys, Aqua Dots craft kits and some Barbie doll accessories.
“I am concerned about the staggering number of reports of tainted
toys coming into the United States and the dangers they pose to our
children,” said Attorney General Bill McCollum. “Parents need to do their
research before they head out for holiday toy shopping. There is nothing
more important than the safety of our children and in this case, knowledge could literally save lives.”
The dangers don’t stop with lead exposure, as evidenced with the
recall this month of the Aqua Dots craft kit because of toxic coating on
the toy that rendered at least two children unconscious. While most toys
should at this point have been pulled from store shelves, McCollum
encouraged parents to go back and check any toys they may have purchased
earlier in the year before recalls were announced. Recalled toys can also
occasionally show up at flea markets and resale shops. To make it easier
for parents to keep track of the recalls, the Attorney General’s Office is providing a “Do Not Shop” List containing the most recently recalled toys for parents to print and take into stores when holiday shopping.
The list, along with links to the CPSC’s website is available on the
Attorney General’s website at http://www.myfloridalegal.com. A current list of toys recalled this year can also be found at
The Attorney General’s Office will continue to monitor the recalls
and discuss options with Attorneys General around the country who are
equally concerned about lead-tainted toys. As it becomes available, the
Attorney General’s Office will provide additional recall information on its website.
A copy of the Attorney General’s “Do Not Shop” List is available
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