Thursday, December 27, 2007

Yet Another Recall Affects Our Family

As we finish opening our new toys for the holidays, a recall impacts our toys received LAST Christmas. Today the CPSC issued another recall that will require me to take the fifth toy away from my children this year. My 2 year old's favorite building blocks - the Read To Me Tot Tower by eeBoo was recalled today for a choking hazard. Only 170,000 Tot Towers were part of the recall so it will probably not make the nightly news. It is fortunate that through my work with SmartToyChoice, I knew to remove this toy from his toy chest.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Holes in Toy Recall System

In a recent survey of toy safety, U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) found many holes in the government’s recall system. Two troubling holes for parents are lack of notification about toy recalls and trying to determine if their children’s toys are affected by a recall.

This is why we created a personalized toy recall notification service at Parents want only the information that directly affects their children's toys. Who has time to sort through all the unnecessary recall information that does not affect their children's toys? is available to provide the personalized information parents want in a timely manner. It's a simple, quick process to stay informed!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Interview on WVXU

This morning I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Maryanne Zeleznik of WVXU. I had never been interviewed on radio. The opportunity to talk about was fantastic. But I selfishly really enjoyed the experience! Maryanne was very welcoming and kind, as was everyone I met at WVXU. The interview went very smoothly then I was off to take my kids to their swim lessons. What more could a mom ask for but a chance to talk about helping other parents with toy recalls and a great day at the pool?

The interview will air during Cincinnati Edition this Sunday, December 23rd at 7:00am. If you are in Cincinnati you can tune your radio to 91.7fm. Or listen online at during the broadcast or later from the Cincinnati Edition archives.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Tougher toy recall standards

Yesterday Governor Spitzer of New York called for the federal government to toughen its recall rules. New York state officials found recalled toys on store shelves in Albany and New York City. This is true across the country and online. The fact is recalls are voluntary, not mandatory. Retailers are not required to check their inventory for recalled products or remove them from store shelves. Claire found a recalled toy at a toy store just a few weeks ago. It is important to be careful when purchasing a toy but we also need to be vigilant after a new toy comes home. The government's recall system works but only if parents have the information they need.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Welcome to the SmartToyChoice Blog

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