POSTED: Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 7:29pm
UPDATED: Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 7:44pm
Tyler TX — It's hard to believe, but Christmas is just twenty-seven days away! Many kids already made their wish lists and now is the time to remind parents how important it is to read the warning labels on toys.
There have been hundreds of toy recalls throughout the past few years, but theres still plenty of toys that are fun and safe.
Shoppers at the Toys "R" Us in Tyler say the most important part is making sure your toy is age appropriate.
The hottest toys always top Christmas wish lists, but are they really the best idea for your kids? The Consumer Product Safety Commission released a report with hundreds of toys that have been recalled throughout the years as a result of safety hazards, and this year they recalled thirty-eight different toys.
Patty Davis, the spokesperson at the US CPSC, said, "Three of those involved lead violations, but most toys that were recalled in 2012 were due to small parts. So, how can you give your kids what they want and keep them danger-free at the same time?
One East Texas grandparent, Nell Irving, said, "I try to stick with the age that's on the toy." Sometimes the toys are just fine, it's the kids using them wrong that's the issue. The store manager for Toys "R" US in Tyler, Rick Willborn, said, "Mainly six and up because there's some parts on here that a child could swallow."
Another local grandparent, Nancy Harvey, said, "For a small child, they're going to put it in their mouth, because that's the first thing they do, you got a choking hazard."
The CPSC says, "Safe toys plus supervision equals a happy holiday." Willborn said, "Make sure first that they're age appropriate, but that they're playing with then in the right place, because they might run out into traffic chasing their remote control car."
What about a toy that's safe for all ages? The response we got was, stuffed animals. Willborn told KETK to be sure to read the warning labels and the safety instructions for each toy.
We received a report stating Toys "R" Us is canceling their online orders, because customers have reported after paying they received a "out of stock notice"
To view different toys that have been recalled you can visit CPSC's press release at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml13/13053.html