State safety inspectors are fanning out across Florida to make sure dangerous toys don’t end up under your tree this Christmas. The inspectors are looking for toys on store shelves that have been recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Even some of the most trusted names in toy manufacturers have toys on the recall list.
Barry Smith is a safety inspector for the state’s Consumer Services Division and he’s on a mission to get dangerous toys off store shelves. He carries pictures and descriptions of five toys, a stroller and a novelty item called an “electric picture” that have been recalled by the federal government for safety reasons.
“Electrical, sharp objects that can cause injuries, parts falling off that can be consumed or choked.”
It’s a touchy subject for toy stores. In fact, one major department store wouldn’t let NewsChannel Seven follow Smith on his inspection out of concern he’d find a dangerous toy in its aisles, but as it turned out, the store passed with flying colors.
It might surprise you to know some of the most trusted toy makers have toys on the recall list; a highchair toy by Graco, a nerf football by Hasbro and a Batmobile by Mattel.
Smith says just because the toy’s put out by a major manufacturer or department store doesn’t always mean it’s safe.
“As a rule, they probably are, but no, you can’t assume anything, particularly when it comes to the safety of children.
Smith says you have to be particularly careful purchasing children’s items at flea markets and second hand shops.
Fifteen inspectors from the state Department of Agriculture are checking more than 100 stores around Florida this week for the recalled toys.
Get the complete list of recalled toys by logging onto the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website. Go to www.cpsc.gov and click on “Holiday Shoppers Check For Previously Recalled Toys” at the bottom of the page, or call the hotline at 800-638-2772.