5 Aug 2011

Survey: More than half of parents unaware of toy recalls

A new study is indicating Canadian parents may not be as vigilant as they should be when giving their kids toys to play with.

According to a recent survey conducted by retailing giant Toys "R" Us, more than half – 52 percent – of Canadian parents with children do not check to see if a toy has been subject to any manufacturers' recalls before handing it over to their kids.

The survey was conducted to promote the toy retailer's "Great Trade-In" event, which will be held through August 21st. Toronto parents who bring in toys, strollers, cribs, car seats or other products that may be defective or hazardous to children may be eligible to receive 20 percent off a child-centered product from a variety of categories.

"[We] remain committed to staying at the forefront of issues that affect the safety of children, and to providing parents and caregivers with the products and information they need to ensure their child's safety," said Keven Macnab, president of Toys "R" Us Canada.

While ensuring the safety of toys is important, the study also found that 71 percent of Canadian parents hold on to toys they had for their older children to give to their younger ones. Housing them in a storage unit serves as an ideal way they can be preserved to last a lifetime.

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