What To Do With Recalled Toys

Before allowing your kids to play with toys relatives give them during the holidays, it’s a good idea to make sure they aren’t known death traps. The Better Business Bureau sent in some suggestions on how to make sure your toys haven’t been recalled, and what to if you find out they have been summoned to toy hell.

Before you throw out the packaging, check out the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and ToyInfo sites, which list active recalls.

If you spot your toy on a recall list, it’s probably easiest to take it back to the retailer at which it was purchased, but you can also check the CPSC sit for details about how to return the products to the manufacturer.

If you’d rather check your recalls over the phone, here’s a BBB-provided list of toy recall hotlines:

* Consumer Products Safety Commission: (800) 638-2772

* Toy Industry Association: (888) 888-4TOYS

* Mattel: (800) 916-4498

* Fisher-Price: (800) 991-2444

* Toys R Us: (800) 869-7787

If you’re a parent, what do you do to screen your kids’ presents?

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