CHICAGO – As the holiday shopping season begins, state Rep. John D’Amico, D-Chicago, wants to help parents avoid purchasing potentially dangerous toys for their children.

“Many of the big companies have recalled toys this year,” D’Amico said. “When it comes to our children, we always have to make sure the toys we give them for the holidays are safe.”

To help ensure a safe and happy holiday season, D’Amico recommends parents read through the 2017 Safe Shopping Guide provided by Attorney General Lisa Madigan, 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. One popular toy that can be especially dangerous is the “fidget spinner”, as it poses a choking hazard for children under three.

Since January, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled 68 children’s products. D’Amico is advising parents to be cautious when buying gifts both in-store and from second-hand sellers and websites.

“I want parents to be well-informed about the gifts they may be looking to purchase, especially during the holiday season,” D’Amico said. “I have used this guide when thinking about the presents I am going to buy my family in order to provide me peace of mind.”

A link to Attorney General Madigan’s 2017 Safe Shopping Guide can be found here. For more information about recalled products, residents can contact the Recall Hotline at 1-888-414-7678 or sign up to receive recall alerts directly at

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