Many parents are hitting the malls to buy toys for the holiday season. With the huge range of toys available, it is difficult to tell if a toy is safe for your child. Here are five tips to help you.
- WethePeople BMX Envy bikes and ECLAT Aeon BMX cranksets recalled on Oct. 29 due to a potential fall hazard.
- Build-A-Bear Starbrights Dragon recalled on Oct. 22 because of a possible choking risk.
- Peanuts Flying Ace ride-on toys recalled on Oct. 27 for a potential choking danger.
2. Avoid buying products with small magnets. Children were seriously injured after ingesting magnets.
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3. Do not buy toys with small parts if you have young children in your home. Even if the toy is for an older sibling, small parts are easily left around the house where they are a choking hazard for young children. If you must buy a toy with small parts, teach your child to put all the pieces away when he or she finishes playing.
The Peanuts Flying Ace Ride-On Toys (shown above) were recalled because the “hubcaps can detach from the wheel’s axle, posing a choking hazard to young children.”
4. Check age recommendations on toys before purchasing them. Age recommendations are based on several factors including whether a toy is safe for a particular age. If you think your child can handle a toy recommended for children older than him, consider if any safety issues apply to him.
5. Check the quality of all toys for safety hazards such as sharp edges or pieces that can break off easily.
The Starbrights Dragon stuffed animals (shown above) were recalled because “the satin seam of the stuffed animal can open, allowing the stuffing material to be exposed, posing a choking hazard for young children.”
I originally published a version of this article on Examiner.com.