Attorney General Cracks Down On Unsafe Toys And Children's Products

Nov 27, 2018

The small feet on the giraffe-shaped nightlight can detach, posing a choking hazard to small children.
Credit U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website

  

The Illinois Attorney General's office just released its 11th annual Safe Shopping Guide on its website. It details the many toys and kid's products that have been recalled due to safety issues.

 

Spokeswoman Eileen Boyce says common problems include choking hazards and lead paint, but other issues also crop up. 

 

"Every year we see dangerous children's sleepwear and clothing that can become flammable, or present laceration or choking hazards," Boyce said. "We also see regularly high chairs that pose fall hazards." 

 

 

 

Nancy Cowles is Executive Director of Kids in Danger, a nonprofit that tracks recalls. She says it's important to disseminate this information, despite Illinois law forbidding recalled products from being resold.

 

 

"The fact is, most states, there's no prohibition against using recalled products in child care, even though since we passed ours, there has been a national law that prohibits the sale of recalled products," Cowles said.

 

 

 

You can find the 2018 Safe Shopping Guide at the Attorney General's website, and more information on toy recalls at the website of the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission.