Pennsylvania's auditor general warns shoppers to take a close look at toys before buying

Tony Romeo
November 22, 2018 - 8:30 pm
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- Pennsylvania’s auditor general is urging shoppers to be careful when buying toys this holiday season. And he is renewing his call for legislation to get unsafe toys off of store shelves, as well as the Internet. 

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale joined PennPIRG as it unveiled its annual list of unsafe toys. While a member of the state House, DePasquale unsuccessfully championed legislation that would have required stores to take recalled toys off of their shelves. So it’s "buyer beware."

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“If it is available for you to purchase, it is a very safe assumption, one would think, for that family to think, that toy or that item is safe for usage," DePasquale said. "However, there are many, many cases where that is simply not the case.”

And DePasquale says a ban on sales of recalled toys should extend to online sales as well. But absent such a ban, he encourages shoppers to take a close look at what they are buying, and check to see if any toys already in their household are subject to any recall.