What to Do if Your Child’s Toy Is Recalled
It seems like all kids have a favorite toy they take with them everywhere. But what happens if that toy gets recalled?
While it may be scary to think your child’s toy could be dangerous, the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) says a toy recall shows the manufacturer is making a commitment to creating safe products. That’s good news, but how do you find out if there’s a toy recall in the first place, and what does that mean for you?
Read on to get a basic understanding of how product recalls work and what to do if a recall applies to your child’s toy.
How to Find out About Recalls
To find out if one of your child’s toys has been recalled, check the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website. According to Parents Magazine, once manufacturers decide to recall a product, the CPSC will distribute a press release and post the details online.
To make keeping up on manufacturer recalls of children’s products even easier, you can also sign up for email alerts from the CPSC. These will automatically notify you when a new product is added to the recall list.
How Do Recalls Work?
When a manufacturer and the CPSC instate a recall, it is because that product is potentially dangerous and presents risk of severe harm, according to Kids In Danger (KID), an organization dedicated to raising awareness about children’s product safety and recalls. When it comes to children’s products, anything can be recalled, from toys to cribs to strollers and car seats.
The CPSC notes recalls can be initiated if the manufacturer finds an issue during internal testing or if a problem is reported by a consumer, agency, health care professional, public safety entity, child service provider or medical examiner.
If you want to report the possible risks of a toy or product, you can do so by filling out the form at SaferProducts.gov.
My Child’s Toy Is Recalled – Now What?
If you find out your child’s toy has been recalled, KID says the first thing to do is take it away. Then, visit the CPSC or the manufacturer’s website to find out important recall information. According to the Consumer Product Safety Act, manufacturers are required to provide at least the following information in notices for toy recalls:
- Description of the toy or product
- Name and address of the manufacturer, product retailers and distributors
- Details on the potential defect
- Possible risk of injury
- Whether a manufacturer or someone else reported it
- A schedule for when additional information will be available
After you get the details on the recall, USA Today notes the CPSC will list the manufacturer’s remedy for the recall, which can include:
- Refund: Get rid of the product and get your money back for purchase.
- Repair: Order a new part to fix the safety issue.
- Replacement: Return the product and get an updated, safer version.
Whichever option applies to your toy recall, Parents Magazine recommends taking action right away to ensure your child’s safety. The magazine says if you ever have any concerns or doubts about a child’s toy or product, it might be best to just throw it away.