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A Plan for Buying Safe Toys – What’s Yours?

Posted Aug 26 2008 11:36pm

A friend and reader recently sent me an e-mail with the following line (more or less)

“…I went to Toys R Us today and walking through the aisles just kept thinking…chemicals, chemicals, made inChina, made inChina…lead paint, lead paint….sigh”

This has begun to embody my own thoughts about toys. Though I’ve been writing about safe toys for Christmas this year….even some of my recommendations seem scary as I’ve discovered.

...A comment on my Tinker Toys post:

“I contacted Hasbro and Tinkertoys are made inChina. So are LiteBrites (which was my other classic toy for the kids this year!)”

...And, as I suspected…It’s not just made in China that’s a problem:

...And, I knew the US CPSC has only one full time, toy inspector, but felt sure the EU was more on top of things but…nope…European toys may be no safer – T oys sold in Europe have been recalled too not ones manufactured in Europe admittedly….at least not yet.

What's a parent to do?

So I ask you my readers…what’s YOUR plan for buying safe toys this holiday season?

Check out my series on Best Toys For The Holidays for some ideas

Breaking News - The Consumer's Union (You Know, The Consumer Reports people) have stepped up efforts and have a page dedicated to Safe Toy Shopping. Check out there blog, Not in my cart, too!

For more great Works for me Wednesday ideas visit Rocks in My Dryer

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