Wyoming Santas: Check the List Twice for Toy Safety

Cheyenne, WY - (Wyo. News Service) - Almost five million toys have been recalled this year, and yet, the dangers are still lurking on toy shelves in Wyoming as holiday shoppers fill their carts this week.

This year's "10 Worst Toys" report from World Against Toys Causing Harm -- or WATCH -- finds it's been an active year for toy recalls, with a lot of focus on lead and toxic risks. But attorney James Swartz says the 2009 WATCH list mostly involves strangulation, choking and projectile hazards for toys - some of them sold as "appropriate for all ages."

Some toy companies have responded to the listing with updated safety information, and other toys listed in previous years have resulted in safety recalls. Swartz says he's encouraged by new policies being considered at the Consumer Product Safety Commission that would give the agency more "teeth" to go after companies selling dangerous toys.

A Curious George counting book, X-Men action figure and a Disney rocket launcher also made the "Worst Toys" list. Swartz says familiar names on toy packaging can mislead consumers who perceive those products to be safe. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recorded 10 deaths over the past two years of children who choked on toy parts.

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