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The New Toy Safety Rules and You

Congressionally mandated toy safety rules that take effect Feb. 10 have left freecyclers and resellers of children's products scrambling to understand the law and how it affects them. The result has been word-of-mouth back and forth of truths and rumors about the law. The rules ban the selling of children's...

By Stacey Garfinkle | January 27, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (13)

Car Seats Are Not the Same

Last week, Evenflo recalled 1 million Discovery car seats made between 2005 and 2008 because tests showed the seat could separate from the base in a high-impact crash. Choosing a car seat and later, a booster seat, can be a daunting task. Are $20-$40 seats just as good as those...

By Stacey Garfinkle | February 4, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (29)

Send That Gift Back NOW!

By Annys Shin What could be worse than discovering a recalled toy in your kid's toy box? Finding out you just gave one as a present to a 1-year-old. In early November, I bought a set of Alphabet Tot Tower Blocks for a friend's daughter, who had just turned one....

By Stacey Garfinkle | January 2, 2008; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (30)

Let's Work Together to Prevent Tragedies

Every week or so, it seems, recall e-mails from the Consumer Product Safety Commission flow through the parenting inbox. We've talked about them before: Magnetix, Thomas Trains, Polly Pockets, Mattel products galore, jewelry, jewelry and more jewelry. But the story surrounding the latest has to be the most shocking. In...

By Stacey Garfinkle | September 25, 2007; 07:01 AM ET | Comments (26)

Toy Safety Matters, But Who's Making It a Priority?

The Consumer Product Safety Commission's acting chairman Nancy Nord "would like to see all Chinese toys tested before heading into the U.S." She expressed that sentiment at a CPSC press conference this morning recalling more than 9.5 million toys made by Mattel. (An additional 2.4 million of Mattel's Polly Pocket...

By Stacey Garfinkle | August 14, 2007; 11:54 AM ET | Comments (20)

Choo On This

If you've got a preschooler, it's likely that he/she has a Thomas train lying around. If so, this is one recall notice you're not going to want to miss. The Consumer Product Safety Commission and the maker of Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Toys have recalled 1.5 million Thomas products...

By Stacey Garfinkle | June 13, 2007; 02:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Magnetic Dangers

Do magnets really make toys more fun to play with? Are their risks worth having these toys around the house or schools? I've wondered that often in the past year, particularly since the Consumer Product Safety Commission started recalling toys with small magnets. We're not talking refrigerator-sized magnets, folks. And...

By Stacey Garfinkle | April 20, 2007; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (26)

A Little Too Easy-Bake?

Mention the Easy-Bake Oven, and you'll get lots of "I LOVED that toy when I was a kid" responses. It rates right up there with Barbie and Lego as childhood faves. Well, beware of the Easy-Bake Oven of 2006-2007. Easy-Bake, a division of Hasbro, has recalled nearly 1 million of...

By Stacey Garfinkle | February 7, 2007; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (4)


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