CONSUMER ALERT: Toy safety to remember when holiday shopping

Toy Safety
When shopping for your good little boys and girls this holiday season toy safety is always a good thing to keep in mind./ Ray Harless -- FOX21 News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — When shopping for your good little boys and girls this holiday season, toy safety is always a good thing to keep in mind.

Whether it’s choking hazards or loud sounds, there are a few things to remember before letting your child enjoy their new toys.

Monique Beighley is a mother of two boys ranging a few years in age. She says her oldest son’s toys are kept somewhere the little one won’t find them.

“We have a toy chest that has any toys like Legos that he might get into and then we pull them out when the baby is sleeping and then if there are any toys that are accessible to anybody, they have to be safe for him too,” said Beighley.

When shopping for kids, age appropriateness is important. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is the federal agency in charge of regulation. They say to always follow age recommendations which will be right on the package.

Toys that make loud noises like music players or ringing phones can even cause hearing loss for some children.

Emma Spett, campaign organizer for the Colorado Public Interest Research Group or CO-PIRG, a statewide consumer watchdog said, “If a toy sounds loud to you, it’s probably too loud for your child. Either put tape over the speakers to muffle the sound or remove the batteries.”

For children under three, toys with small parts should never be allowed.

“Between 2005 and 2014, at least 72 children have choked to death on balloons, balls, toys, and parts of toys,” said Spett.

According to the CPSC, a toilet paper roll is about the size of a three-year-old child’s throat so anything that can fit through is a choking hazard.

Beighley said, “We look for toys that don’t have the little tiny parts or toys that don’t have tons and tons of part so there are not pieces all over the house.”

From January 2015 to October 2016, the CPSC has recalled 44 toys over safety reasons, but CO-PIRG has found 16 of those 44 products still being sold online.

Over the past 31 years, CO-PIRG’s annual Toy Safety Report has led to 150 recalls, getting dangerous toys of store shelves.

>> Click here to see the full report.

You can also subscribe to email recall updates for the CSPC and other government safety agencies by clicking here.

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