Last night I was talking about the new toy season – thinking about getting to share another year’s worth of testing. I know we don’t make any of these toys, but we do take pride in our list of award winners. It takes a lot of work to get to those select toys that do what they say they’re going to do–AND they’re fun, well made, and going to enhance your child’s play experience. While there are definite points of the year when I ponder what I do for a living, at the end of the day my mother and I really love finding great products. Our network of family testers take their work seriously and we love the feedback we get from the play trenches!
So you can imagine my dismay this morning. I was barely awake when I saw a reporter on tv with a new set of toys being recalled. I thought (hoped) that I was still asleep. But no, it was real and even more alarming one of our scheduled award winners was on the list. All of my happy thoughts about kicking off a new season without the upset of recalls was gone. Fisher-Price voluntarily recalled 10+ million plus toys and equipment for kids.
The issue this year is not lead or pvc — but small parts. Now if you’ve read my blog you know this has been an on going worry for us. In this case the issue is small parts potentially breaking off and posing a choking hazard–but we have been observing small parts that are meant to be there. Small parts that just stick out of the official choke tube but fall in a toilet roll center (the at-home test recommended by the CPSC).
As always we encourage parents to trust their instincts. If something looks too small or is too loud or is too rough (we had lots of splinter issues this year as well)….take the toy back. If you have kids that mouth their toys, keep a toilet roll near by. Put away questionable pieces for the time being.