These links offer information on types of toys, and toy safety standards.
No one wants to hurt kids. The makers of unsafe toys are not the slimycharacters parodied on late-night TV selling bags of broken glass andoily rags as playthings for kids. Inexpensive construction, materials not durableenough for long-time play, and basic carelessness are much more often theculprits. But the carelessness extends to the stores that put such toys on theshelves, and even the parents who purchase them without realizing thepotential for danger they face. An extra bit of care on your part could be thedifference between an enriching toy and a trip to the emergency department.