Online Offerings: Why parents should worry about recalled toys online

When it comes to toys and safety, parents don’t take any chances.

As they comb the aisles of a retail or toy store specifically, they take note of toys they can see with their own two eyes that could potentially pose a hazard to their kids, whether it is small pieces included, age recommendations for certain toys or hazards of any and all proportions.

And those big box retailers also don’t waffle on the concerns, either, as they pull them from the shelves at a moment’s notice.

But the real issue for moms and dads doesn’t have so much to do with the in store toys that are of concern but rather those of the online variety. A variety of recent reports have shown that toys that have been recalled may still be available for purchase online, suggesting that the swift nature of pulling those physical toys off the shelves hasn’t yet translated to the same sort of no nonsense action for toys online.

This troubling trend is of concern for parents who have all the best intentions in the world when it comes to toys and safety for their kids but may have missed a news story or two as far as a toys specifically being pulled.

About one third of toys that are no longer being sold in stores are available online, a number that you can’t overlook and would suggest that communication and quality control have had a bit of a disconnect between stores and the warehouses that hold and house all these toys.

You’d have to assume that when a toy is deemed unfit to sell that not only does word come down to general managers at the store itself but should also have some sort of paper trail or electronic email chain to those in charge of online ordering or the head of the online department as a whole.

That doesn’t seem to be the case in this instance.

What parents can do is, before purchasing a toy, check to see if there are any recalls on it even if you’re planning to do most of your toy shopping online. The internet is tremendous for ordering and convenience purposes but a toy can easily be given the heave ho in the store and find its way online to be sold either by the original retailer or a second party reseller. Most physical stores can program, for example, their registers to avoid selling a toy.

You don’t have that luxury online.

The one bright spot according to published reports is that toys overall being recalled is way down in recent years, but the real challenge still is in the lap of moms and dads who might not have access to toy recalling the way you’d believe.


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