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WalMart's Holiday Guide Includes Recalled Toys

WalMart's Holiday Guide Includes Recalled Toys

WalMart includes recalled toys in holiday catalog. What to tell the kids?

November 14, 2007 —

Shopping for Christmas presents for kids this year is a bit like walking through a mine field. Who knows what toys are going to be recalled next—after children have been injured by them or their health compromised? There have been two major recalls over the past few weeks. More could be on the way. And the federal department that oversees toy safety has just turned down a doubling of their budget from Congress to increase safety oversight. Now, the world’s biggest retailer, WalMart, has included several of the toys that were recalled in its holiday season catalog.

Children, with happy anticipation of Santa’s gift-giving, comb through WalMart catalogs like they are Harry Potter books. And once their sights are set on something, they really want it. This year’s WalMart catalog features a number of toys that are dear to children’s hearts, yet are so dangerous as to be deadly. In the directory’s Top Ten Toy section is listed the Aqua Dots Super Studio. It was just recalled because if it goes into a child’s (or anybody’s) mouth the same drug known as the date-rape drug is created and the child can potentiall go senseless—2 did. The “Learn Kitchen” also appears in the WalMart wish list, but was recalled for small parts that separate, endangering the child.

WalMart says it strips recalled toys from its shelves and websites as soon as possible, and also blocks them at the checkout stand. This could be a season to shop at a store that is more dedicated to child safety and genuine entertainment than quarterly profit.

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