If you haven't already started holiday shopping for your children, a word of warning: dangerous toys are still being sold online. They might even be in your child's toy box right now.
Florida PIRG, a consumer safety group, is out with its annual Trouble in Toyland report.
Among the recalled toys:
- · My Snuggly Ellie Activity Toys
- · Gadget Pencil Cases
- · Pink Giraffe Animal Purse
- · Pacifier clips
- · Starbrights Dragon stuffed animals
How scary is it knowing you can find some of these toys online?
"So scary,” says parent Meghan Rodriguez. “I had no idea that once an item is recalled you can still find a way to purchase them. I just assumed that they would be completely off the market,”
And even if these toys are off the shelves at major retailers, what about theft shops like Salvation Army or Goodwill?
We went to several around Tampa Bay. Luckily, we didn't find any recalled toys.
However, online it's a different story.
We found several recalled toys including the Green Tones Monkey Glockenspiel. It was on several websites ranging from $30 to $40. Another one easily available was the Gadget pencil case.
What's one of the most shocking toys on that list?
“Some of the bean bags were shocking, I would never think they were dangerous,” says Rodriguez.
The Ace Bayou bean bag that was recalled can still be found online as well. Amazon and Target are still selling it.
It's important to note, however, that many of the recalled toys were not available online.
Experts say to search online for the specific toy you want and see if it's been recalled. And you can go to CPSC.gov for a list of toys to avoid.
We reached out to Amazon and Target to ask them about still having recalled products online; no response yet.
For the full Trouble In Toyland Report, click here.
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