One of the unintended consequences of so many toy recalls is that holiday catalogs, printed far in advance, are now full of recalled toys.
Consumer Reports is busy testing lead levels in children’s toys that are not on any recall list just to see if they are safe. They’re nice like that.
The toy recalls are still big news and something (the autumnal equinox, perhaps?) triggered an avalanche of “Oh, no! What should parents do?” advice stories from the media. Most, if not all, mentioned recalls.org,but you can also subscribe to Consumerist’s “recalls” feed.
Here at Consumerist we’ve been keeping an eye on the 2007 lead contamination recalls. Here’s September’s update:
There are lots of moms out there who have filthy, filthy minds. They buy toys that make noise for their children, then become convinced that there are secret offensive messages in the toys.
Fisher-Price has a shoddy track record when it comes to reporting defects and “injuries from defects” to the Consumer Products Safety Commission.
So what are the risks for a child who had one of the toys that was recalled?
The clip has a sound bite from the CPSC, as well as your typical concerned Mom interviews and a round-up of recent Chinese Poison Train stories.
Mother buys a $149 Fisher Price Stand N Ride Du Stroller from Toys “R” Us and opens the box at home to find it filled with $320 of Bionicle Legos. Even more comical is the store’s incompetent customer service when they try to do the right thing and return the toys. [EricCarrol]
Over the next two months, Fisher-Price received nine additional reports, including one case of a child placing the nail fastener in her mouth.