CHICAGO – With the holiday shopping season upon us, state Rep. Jaime Andrade, D-Chicago, is encouraging families to avoid purchasing dangerous products for young children and to be cautious when giving toys with small pieces that are choking hazards.

“The gift of giving should not hindered by unknowingly purchasing recalled or otherwise dangerous toys,” Andrade said. “It is important that families review this year’s toy safety guide to avoid any potential hazards or risks when shopping for gifts.”

Andrade recommends that parents read through the updated annual toy safety guide. For 10 years, the attorney general has released 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. Andrade is further advising parents to keep in mind that toys that haven’t been recalled may still pose risks, such as having small, easy to swallow pieces, lead, or the potential to catch fire. Caution should also be exercised when purchasing from second-hand sellers, as these toys may have been listed in previous editions of the toy safety guide.

“I don’t want any of my constituents to have their holidays frustrated by unwittingly gifting hazardous toys,” Andrade said. “By educating parents, we can help to avoid any accidents that may occur and ensure a safe, happy holiday season.”

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.

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