Be Vigilant when Buying Toys

Photo: Rudranath Fraser Acting Director of Communications at the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC), Dorothy Campbell, cautions parents against buying defective toys at a recent JIS Think Tank.

Story Highlights

  • The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is urging adults to exercise caution when purchasing toys for children during the Christmas season.
  • Acting Director of Communications at the CAC, Dorothy Campbell, said shoppers should look out for defective toys that could pose a danger to children.
  • She further urged parents to pay close attention to labels, as some toys contain excess lead and other toxic materials that might be harmful to the child.

The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is urging adults to exercise caution when purchasing toys for children during the Christmas season.

Acting Director of Communications at the CAC, Dorothy Campbell, said shoppers should look out for defective toys that could pose a danger to children.

She is advising persons to avoid buying toys for small children that have sharp edges that could cause lacerations or small parts that can easily detach and become a choking hazard.

“We are asking parents and family members who are buying gifts, ensure that you check and double-check the quality of the toy. Ensure that there are no sharp edges, loose parts, removable eyes (especially in teddy bears) that can be bitten off and swallowed,” said Ms, Campbell, while addressing a JIS Think Tank.

She recommended that parents pay attention to age ranges included on the packaging. “Ensure that you read the labels, check the manufacturer’s information as well as make sure you are buying age-appropriate toys,” she said.

She further urged parents to pay close attention to labels, as some toys contain excess lead and other toxic materials that might be harmful to the child.

She noted that where toys are damaged, parents should repair them or throw them away.

As for noisy toys/electronic gadgets, Ms. Campbell noted that these can cause hearing or eye damage.

She is recommending that consumers buy from reputable establishments and always ask for a warranty.

“The warranty must include labour, and check if there is a limited time period within which it can be used. Also, ask what is required by the consumer in order to replace that item, repair or get a refund,” she recommended.

She further warned consumers to be wary when shopping online, adding that this method does not allow for proper inspection of the product prior to making a purchase.

Ms. Campbell explained that buying online may make the process of redress harder and also make it difficult to return the item.

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