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Sunday, November 04, 2007


Toxic Playroom

Working parents of young kids are losing enough sleep as it is. The last thing they need is to have to stay up all night trying to figure out which of their kids’ toys have been—or should be—recalled.

Two key reforms must take place to stem the tide of dangerous toys. One is stricter federal regulation, and the other, an organic shift in the very way that toy companies do business. Multibillion dollar toy retailers are perfectly positioned to demand stricter safety standards from their suppliers. Whether or not they do so is purely a question of priorities—cheap-at-any-cost supply vs. child safety?

This Christmas—and until this appalling tolerance for toxic toys on the shelves passes—we’ll skip the toy store and give the kids in our lives savings bonds. They may or may not be worth anything in a few years, but at least we can be reasonably sure the bonds won’t poison them. Learn more at

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