A new report shows that recalled toys are available online and officials were trying to caution customers this holiday shopping season.
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and ConnPIRG, which is a public interest research group, and doctors discussed the 31th annual Trouble in Toyland report during a press conference at Connecticut Children's Medical Center on Tuesday morning.
From January 2015 to October 2016, the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled 44 toys. But, in the 31th annual Trouble in Toyland report, ConnPIRG said they were able to find 16 of them still available for purchase online.
That information was very alarming to doctors at CCMC, who have seen their fair share of accidents.
"If we can take away this unnecessary injury, this unnecessary disaster for families, it would be a wonderful thing," Dr. Jim Parker from CCMC said. '
Customers were warned to consult the 31th annual Trouble in Toyland report before shopping this holiday season.
"Obviously with advances in technologies when it comes to toys, you see a lot more of those new generation problems with overheating and things like that," Matthew Frentz with the ConnPIRG Education Fund said.
The Toy Industry Association said the 31th annual Trouble in Toyland report "doesn’t indicate any trouble at all."
"In fact, many of the items previously recalled as a result of ongoing regulatory vigilance and named by the group are juvenile products and NOT toys (e.g. hoverboards, children’s jewelry, pacifier clips, etc.). The inclusion of these products in a supposed “toy” safety report undermines the toy industry’s deep and ongoing commitment to ensuring that toys are among the safest consumer product categories found in the home. U.S. toy safety requirements are among the strictest in the world, with more than 100+ standards and tests in place to ensure that all toys found on store shelves are safe," The Toy Industry Association said in a statement on Tuesday.
The Toy Industry Association said their "top priority every day of the year" was "safety."
"Parents and caregivers should always shop at reputable stores and online retailers that they know and trust, and exercise caution when buying toys at flea markets, garage sales, second-hand / thrift stores, etc., as these vendors may not be monitoring for recalled products. Families are also encouraged to stay up-to-date on toy recalls to ensure that all recalled products are kept out of their homes – and out of children’s hands," The Toy Industry Association said in a statement on Tuesday.
But, the big message from ConnPIRG and state leaders was for parents to watch out for recalled toys, especially those still being sold online or those that could even be in your home.
"Great holidays end in terrifying trips to the emergency room if parents fail to watch children and exercise common sense and ordinary care," Blumenthal said.
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To read the full 31th annual Trouble in Toyland report, click here.
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