CHICAGO – With the holiday shopping season underway, state Rep. Silvana Tabares, D-Chicago, is encouraging parents to avoid purchasing dangerous products for their children and to take appropriate precautions when gifting fidget spinners and other toys with small pieces that can be choking hazards.
“As parents and loved ones look for that perfect gift, it is important shoppers take extra precautions to avoid purchasing dangerous or recalled items,” Tabares said. “The rise in online shopping has increased the risk of recalled toys being unknowingly sold to consumers.”
To help ensure a safe and happy holiday season, Tabares recommends that parents read through this year’s toy safety guide, released annually by the attorney general’s office. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the guide, which includes information about toys that have been recalled due to safety hazards as well as safety tips about toys and games that pose a choking hazard for young children. Since January, there have been 68 recalls of children’s products by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and Tabares is advising parents to be cautious when buying gifts both in-store and from second-hand sellers and websites like eBay.
“Parents should also take the time to research any gifts their child receives to protect them from potentially harmful toys,” Tabares said. “By using the Attorney General’s 2017 Safe Shopping Guide, we can ensure everyone has a fun and safe holiday season.”
Attorney General Madigan’s 2017 Safe Shopping Guide can be found online at www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov. For more information about recalled products, residents can contact the Recall Hotline at 1-888-414-7678.