Chuck E. Cheese Toy Recall: Learn How to Choose Safe Toys for Your Kids
Chuck E Cheese Recalled Over 1 Million Toys. Protect Your Kids From Hazardous Toys with These Tips from The Survivors Club
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- Always read labels to make sure a toy is appropriate for a child's age. Guidelines published by the CPSC and other groups can help you make those buying decisions.
- For Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers: Look for toys that are sturdy enough to withstand pulling and twisting. Make sure that eyes, noses, buttons, and other parts that could break off are securely attached. Make sure squeeze toys, rattles, and teethers are large enough that they won't become lodged in a child's mouth or throat, even if squeezed into a smaller compressed shape. Avoid toys with cords or long strings, which could present strangulation hazards to young kids.
- Teach kids to put toys away.
- Check toys regularly to make sure that they aren't broken or unusable: Wooden toys shouldn't have splinters or spikes and outdoor toys shouldn't have rust, stuffed toys shouldn't have broken seams or exposed removable parts.
- Throw away broken toys or repair them right away.
- Store outdoor toys when they're not in use so that they are not exposed to rain or snow.
- Be sure to keep toys clean. Some plastic toys can be cleaned in the dishwasher, but read the manufacturer's directions first.
- Steer clear of older toys, even hand-me-downs from friends and family. Those toys might have sentimental value and are certainly cost-effective, but they may not meet current safety standards and may be so worn from play that they can break and become hazardous.