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The Minnesota Department of Commerce Urges Shoppers to Check List Twice, Keep Dangerous Toys from Your Holiday Celebration

November 26, 2013


For Immediate Release:

SAINT PAUL, MN – The largest shopping days of the year are now here – the few days where a significant portion of the annual $20 billion are spent on toys in the United States. To help keep dangerous toys out of the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, the Department of Commerce is reminding parents to stay vigilant about product and toy safety including hazardous chemicals, and to check product recall alerts.

“It’s a good reminder to watch for toy and product safety as families shop for infants and children this holiday season,” said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman.  “We ask that people take steps to ensure the products they buy for children have not been recalled as well as look at potential issues like quality, size, and age appropriateness.” 

There are several proactive steps consumers can take to ensure that their homes are free from potentially dangerous products. The Department of Commerce recommends selecting age appropriate toys, observing manufacturer’s warnings regarding safety hazards and monitoring use when necessary.  Consumers can also create a toy inventory and record relevant information (manufacturer, serial or model # and purchase dates) to help identify the toy in the event that it is recalled.

The Department has put together toy safety tips that can be downloaded and printed, for parents and toy shoppers.  A comprehensive list of recalled toys and products are also available on the Department’s website.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has developed a mobile app located at the RECALLS.GOV mobile application page to keep vital safety information in the palm of your hand.  The app allows consumers to type in a product’s name to learn immediately whether that product has been recalled due to a safety concern.  Photos of recalled products and tips for what to do with recalled products in your home are also available through the app.

In 2013, there has a number of toy, baby and child care product recalls.  There are several different sources that consumers can rely on for information regarding recalls.  Consumers can visit the Commerce Department’s website for an updated list and toy safety tips.  Additionally, the Department recommends that consumers sign up directly to receive email alerts from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

2013 Product Recalls

Consumers can also sign up for alerts at:

Visit the Commerce Department’s website for a list of all recalls, and information related to recalls, helpful tips on toy safety and additional resources for parents.  Consumers that are concerned they are in contact with a potentially hazardous product should file a report with the CPSC.  Instructions for reporting a product via phone, email, or postal mail are included on their website.

The Department has developed useful information for retailers, detailing the steps that need to be taken when a product has been recalled and reminding retailers that their vigilance is needed to identify and label dangerous children’s products.

Consumers with further questions can contact the Commerce Department’s Consumer Help Line at (651) 539-1600 or (800) 657-3602. 

Questions or consumer complaints can also be directed by email to consumer.protection@state.mn.us or by mail to Minnesota Department of Commerce, 85 7th Place East, Suite 500, Saint Paul, MN 55101.