Playskool is recalling Team Talkin’ Tool Bench toy because two children — one 19 months and the other two years — suffocated on parts from the toy. I send out my heartfelt sympathy to the families who lost their children.
I applaud Playskool for being proactive in recalling the toy, but I wonder why parents don’t read the age requirements on children’s toys. When buying Christmas presents for Danny and Alex last year, Cheryl and I read the instructions on each box. We made sure that we did not buy one toy that would not be age appropriate for them. I know that Kim, after receiving the gifts, did not give them to the boys until after she did her own check and research on them.
I know that most parents do not have a lot of time, but making sure your child isn’t playing with a toy that is beyond their age should be a priority. Keeping our children safe is a must for all of us. Grandparents, make sure you’re proactive in not giving little Johnny or Jenny a toy that isn’t intended for children of an older age. As grandparents, we should be the first line of defense to assist our children in keeping our grandchildren safe.