Keeping Child's Play Safe
A wave of toy recalls put new questions about toy safety
and the dangers of lead exposure
in the spotlight.
From Barbie to Thomas the Tank Engine, some of America's
most popular toys were hit by safety recalls. The recalls of
millions of toys raised new concerns about how to choose safe toys
and keep unsafe items out of kids' hands. And since many of the
recalls involved concerns about lead exposure, new attention was
also paid to the risks of lead poisoning - when chronic exposure to
lead brings on a host of behavior, learning, and developmental
What to Watch:
With more and more products coming from overseas, many public
officials are calling on Congress to ensure better enforcement of
U.S. safety standards on foreign-made goods sold here, particularly
those for children. Safety scares about popular toys will have
parents on high alert when they're picking out playthings and
more vigilant about supervising kids during play.
Choosing Safe Toys
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