Staying Current On Toy Recalls

In fiscal year 2010 (October 1, 2009-September 30, 2010), the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled 44 toys. Several additional toys were added to this list in October and November of 2010. Although these products should have been removed from retail stores by now, some were on the market for months, or even years, prior to their recall. This means that some of the toys in your home may pose hidden dangers to your children. Also, a special concern arises at this time of year: If you did your holiday shopping early, some of the gifts you plan to give to the kids in your life this season might be unsafe.

The CPSCs statistics show that both toy recalls and toy-related fatalities are down from prior years. However, statistics released earlier this month demonstrate that nonfatal toy-related injuries are actually on the rise. In 2009, an estimated 186,000 children under the age of 15 were treated in emergency rooms across the country for injuries associated with toys. Accordingly, it remains important for consumers to be educated and informed when it comes to choosing holiday gifts for children. A detailed list of recalled toys is available on the CPSCs web site (

If your child has sustained injuries associated with a toy and you have questions about the toys safety, call GWC at 1-312-464-1234 for a free consultation.