Safe holiday toys shopping guide issued

November 24, 2008 5:12:35 PM PST
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has released a guide to help families make sure the toys they buy this holiday season are safe. The guide includes pictures of recalled children's items, including toys, clothing and furniture. The guide has a picture of each item and explains why it's potentially dangerous.

Madigan suggests parents can use it to check items already in their homes and while shopping for holiday presents.

"What we're very concerned this year, because of the economy, is that we're going to see more people shopping on the internet and shopping at secondhand stores where they may not be aware of recalls. They may not have taken products out of their stores or out of the listings on the internet," Madigan said.

Consumers can obtain free copies of the Safe Shopping Guide, including editions with background information in Spanish and Polish, in a number of ways. Consumers can:

(1) Download or view the guide on the Attorney General's Web site at www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov,

(2) Request a hard copy via mail, free of charge, by calling the Attorney General's Recall Hotline at 1-888-414-7678, or

(3) Pick up a copy at any of the Attorney General's main and regional offices. The office locations are:

Chicago - Main Office 100 W. Randolph St., 11th Floor (312) 814-3000 TTY: (312) 814-3374

Chicago - West Regional Office 306 N. Pulaski Road (773) 265-8808

Chicago - South Regional Office 7906 S. Cottage Grove Ave. (773) 488-2600

Springfield - Main Office 500 S. 2nd St. (217) 782-1090 TTY: (217) 785-2771

Carbondale - Main Office 1001 E. Main St. (618) 529-6400/6401 TTY: (618) 529-6403

East Central Illinois Regional Office 1776 E. Washington St., Urbana (217) 278-3366 TTY: (217) 278-3371

Northern Illinois Regional Office 200 S. Wyman St., Suite 307, Rockford (815) 967-3883 TTY: (815) 967-3891

West Central Illinois Regional Office 628 Maine St., Quincy (217) 223-2221 TTY: (217) 223-2254

Metro East Illinois Regional Office 201 West Pointe Drive, Suite 7, Belleville (618) 236-8616 TTY: (618) 236-8619

Madigan also urges consumers to sign up for recall notifications at www.cpsc.gov.


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