We're anti-parental angst. And with near-daily reports of ever-more lead-laced toys from China, there's a lot of angst in the toy aisle as the holiday approaches.
That's why, as a service to readers, when handed a list of toys marked "not made in China" obtained from a Toys "R" Us in-store service desk, we knew the toys on the list would be of interest to many parents struggling to make safer choices for gifts for their children this Christmas and Hanukkah.
So here is the list of toys from that list. We've included the item number from the list, as the names may not exactly match the toy name on the packaging. This item number responded to numbers on their Website when we spot-checked. Not sure if it corresponds to an in-store number.
Remember, there are no guarantees here. Parents have to be ever-vigilant, and any toy made anywhere can be unsafe if it's not suitable to your kid's age, if it has small parts, etc. And we couldn't possibly double-check every toy on the list, so we can't be sure where they were made -- just that these names appeared on a "not-made-in-China" service desk list dated September 2007.
Buyer alert: With the scandals today rocking the toy business, there're no panaceas. No absolute guarantees. Parents still have to monitor their kids' toys, and any toy can potentially be a danger. The key: do your own research. If you're unsure, call the manufacturer. Ask questions. Our kids are too important to take any chances.
Item # Name of Toy
64286Little Tikes Fold N Store Picnic Table
329287LIttle Tikes Easy Store(TM) Jr. Table
46784Little Tikes Easy Store (TM) Large Slide
46792Little Tikes Easy Store (TM) Slide Jr.
11927Little Tikes Cambridge Cottage
230157LIttle Tikes Tikes Town(TM) Playhouse
230157Solowave Design The Savannah Wood Playhouse
390458LIttle Tikes Magic Doorbell(TM) Playhouse
580762Little Tikes Log Cabin
754760Step2 Neat & Tidy Cottage
864770Step2 Doorway Playhouse
984132Little Tikes ImagineSounds(TM) Playhouse
483756LIttle Tikes WhirlyBounce(TM) Rider
11994LIttle Tikes GT SL Expedition Climber
46652LIttle Tikes Adjustable Mountain Climber
46962Little Tikes Slide & Hide Tower (TM)
93772Little Tikes SwingAlong(TM) Castle
93810LIttle Tikes Climb & Slide Castle
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