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Yikes! Chuck E Cheese Recalls Over 1 Million Toys! Here's How To Keep Your Kid Safe!

Thu, September 16, 2010 12:53pm EDT by Add first Comment

The kids restaurant chain, beloved by stars including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, has recalled more than a million promotional toys, which are a choking or ingestion hazard. Our friends at The Survivors Club have 8 tips for choosing safe toys for your child.

Nobody likes to have to take a toy away from a child, but if you have one of these items from Chuck E Cheese, confiscate it now. The popular restaurant chain recalled about 1.1 million Light-up Rings and 120,000 Star Glasses on Wednesday (Sept. 16). If crushed or pulled apart, the plastic casing on the battery-operated toys can break into small pieces, possibly exposing the batteries and posing an ingestion hazard. Toys can be dangerous to kids, and some are much more prone to being hazardous to little ones. Learn to protect your kids with these toy safety tips.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Teach kids to put toys away.

4. 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.

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