SACRAMENTO, Ca., – Dec. 10, 2012 – For many shoppers, the youngest gift receivers seem to be the easiest to buy for. Unfortunately, shoppers these days must pay attention to safety issues posed by popular toys both online and in-store.
A recently released report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission
estimated there were 193,000 toy-related injuries to children younger than 15 years of age in 2011 and 13 toy-related deaths.
If you are shopping for children this holiday season, Better Business Bureau offers the following tips for choosing a gift:
Check for recent recalls.
Before purchasing products, check out www.recalls.gov
. If a toy has been recalled, think twice about buying. If something you already own is recalled, follow the guidelines to figure out what to do next.
Read Labels. Look for age recommendations and safety information. Are fabric products flame retardant or resistant?
Be cautious of older toys. While it may be cost effective to purchase a used toy, watch for items so worn they could break and become safety hazards.
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