Toy Safety

By: Paige Lambrecht
By: Paige Lambrecht

According to the CPSC, two out of three discount stores have unsafe products on their shelf. Matt Gerhards works at the Goodwill in Rothschild and says if that's true, then they're the exception to the rule.

"We do want to keep the kids in mind. We try for safety throughout the store as well as what we're selling.”

Gerhards says workers thoroughly inspect older toys and products they get and turn away many donated items that simply don't meet their standards.

"Most of the items we sell are like new. It's just good business. You don't wanna sell something that's junk."

A huge book of government recalls comes down every month from Goodwill corporate headquarters. It's one of the ways they try to keep dangerous products off their shelves, but dangerous toys may still be sitting on the shelves of any retail store.

Rita Straub specializes in consumer safety at UW Extension and says parents are only a few clicks away from making sure they're not buying something that could harm their kids.

"Really the best resource now is to go on the internet and check the consumer product safety commission. Just click on toys and it will give you the long list of toys that are being recalled."

The CPSC's website address is

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