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In the wake of numerous toy recalls and problems with lead paint in toys, many parents are especially concerned about choosing toys that their children will be safe using. But with the abundance of recall reports and news stories, finding up-to-date, reliable information about toy safety can be a challenge. We've chosen some of the most credible Web sites for current recall information and toy safety advice.
- Many toy makers will indicate if their toys comply with the standards of ASTM International (formerly the American Society for Testing and Materials), an international organization that develops global safety standards for a variety of products, including toys. Adherence to these standards is voluntary, but seeing this notice on the packaging of a toy may offer a little more assurance about the toy's safety.
- Make the information come to you if you don't have enough time to search for news about recalls. Some toy companies and government agencies have e-newsletters and e-mail alerts you can subscribe to in order to stay on top of any developments.
- Buying only American-made toys is one way to ensure you have purchased items manufactured under strict safety standards. This can be hard to do because not every online or offline toy store specified where its toys are made. However, findingDulcinea has created an online toy store filled with American-made toys from Amazon.com.
- Beyond the Headlines, a section of findingDulcinea, explores Chinese-made toy recalls as well as lead poisoning symptoms and testing.
- USA TODAY reports that, due to the toy recalls in 2007, the price of toys is likely to increase in the near future because of intensified efforts to make them safer.