The holiday season can be stressful, especially for parents who wake up early on Black Friday to fight long lines in order get their child the most wanted toy on their list. But what's even more stressful is when they find out that toy isn't safe for their children.
Toy recalls have become more and more prominent, posing hazards for everything from lead poisoning to choking hazards. The good news, however, is that toy recalls fell in 2010, making this holiday season safer.
In the 2010 fiscal year, ending Sept. 30, there were 44 toy recalls. In 2009 there were 50 and in 2008 there were 172 recalls.
In 2009, 12 children younger than 15 years old reportedly died from toy-related accidents, down from 24 deaths in 2007 and 2008.
"Less than 0.2% of the estimated 3 billion toys sold each year in the United States are recalled," Joan Lawrence, vice president of standards and government affairs for the Toy Industry Association told Forbes.com. "The recall system is a critical safety net."
As a North Charleston personal injury lawyer , I advice parents to visit recall web sites, like the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission , and follow toy recalls on this blog to ensure child safety .
This holiday season, remember that the biggest factor in choosing a safe toy is picking toys that don't have small parts, inflatable balloons or magnets, which small children could ingest. If you are buying secondhand, it's even more important to check for recalls. You can also check Forbes's top 10 dangerous toys for 2010, for toys recalled this year, to check off the wish list.