The hidden dangers of used toys

The hidden dangers of used toys (Sinclair Cares)

Ari Declerque has a lot to dream about at this thrift shop.

Dad, Michael, likes buying used toys, but he knows the risks.

"Especially with boys. They are always into trouble even with things that are safe, so they can make it unsafe if they want to. But, we always check for safety," says Michael. "I've seen some really dangerous products."

It is Mary Wygal's business to know what's not safe for kids.

"I see it everyday, I see recalled items on Craigslist. I see them everyday when I am out at other consignment stores sometimes."

As co-owner of "Baby and Me" consignment, she has to be careful.

"So I've got to research, and if I can't find the information on it, I won't take it."

She's researching this set to be sure.

"[It] involves various toys that were manufactured between April 19, 2007."

Sometimes you have to look closely for the numbers.

And she finds good news.

"She's ok. Her date code is saying she is ok to sell."

When you are shopping used, you can easily do this too.

In the search engine on your smartphone, just plug in the manufacturer's name, the model number, and the type in recall.

The results could save you and your family.

Ruzica Josipovic sports recalls dangerous toys all the time.

"We have here, [a] small baby bottle that's going to the garbage, directly to the garbage."

She's a sorter at Goodwill.

Tossing out wooden toys that could have lead paint.

Toys that are choking hazards, and checking for recalls.

"Kids is (are) kids, you know mine, or it doesn't matter. Kids is (are) kids."

The Consumer Product Safety Commission regularly updates its recall list.

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