Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Dept of Commerce Encourages Consumers To Shop Smart

SAINT PAUL – As shoppers start making their holiday lists, the Minnesota Department of Commerce reminds families to stay vigilant about toys and product safety. Be safe and shop smart to keep dangerous toys and products away from your family this holiday season, and all year round. Shoppers should check recall lists for toys and products, and use common sense when buying toys to make sure they are age appropriate and safe for kids.
“Minnesota families should always be sure that kids are safe from dangerous products and toys during the holiday season,” said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman.  “Parents can take steps to ensure the products you buy for your children have not been recalled. I am also urging parents to think about potential issues like quality, size, and age appropriateness to make sure your kids have a safe and happy holiday season.” 
Toy Safety Tips
To help ensure your family has a safe and happy holiday season, the Department has put together toy safety tips for parents and toy shoppers. The Department of Commerce recommends selecting age appropriate toys, observing manufacturer’s warnings regarding safety hazards, and monitoring use when necessary.
Check for Recalls
A list of recalled toys and products is available on the Department’s website. You can sign up to receive email alerts from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC). Consumers can also keep information (manufacturer, serial or model number, and purchase dates) to help identify the toy in the event that it is recalled.
2014 toy and child product recalls include:
Report Incidents
If children have been injured or may have had contact with a potentially hazardous product, file a report with the CPSC.  Instructions for reporting a product via phone, email, or postal mail are included on their website.
Commerce is here to help
If you have questions about toy recalls, contact the Minnesota Department of Commerce Consumer Services Center at (651) 539-1600 or (800) 657-3602 (Minnesota, outside of the Metro).
Questions or consumer complaints can also be directed by email to consumer.protection@state.mn.us or by mail to Minnesota Department of Commerce, 85 7th Place East, Suite 500, Saint Paul, MN 55101.