Use caution when buying used toys online

Nebraskans who are looking to save some money during the holidays might buy used toys and gifts on-line. Child safety advocate Connie Hauskins says while you’re saving money, the used toys often don’t have all the packaging and warning labels with them. Hauskins says you need to do some research with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to ensure you get all the information you need.

She says you can go on-line on the CPSC.gov website to be sure the toys haven’t been recalled, or you can find out the appropriate age group for toys. Hauskins says toy labeling and safety awareness have come a long way. Hauskins says when you buy toys, a Matchbox car for example, it would be labled “not for children under age three.” She says it’s important to see those labels.

Bikes and other riding toys are often sold at sites on-line after kids outgrow them. Hauskins says be sure you’re buying something that’s appropriate for your child. Hauskins says the CPSC has identified the top five safety hazards, which includes scooters and other riding toys. She says it’s important to wear helmets and other safety gear with those toys.

If you get your kids electronic gifts such as an I-pod, Hauskins says you should be sure they don’t play them too loudly. She says sometimes you have to stand next to kids and listen, and if you can hear it, then it’s probably too loud.

Hauskin says can check the recall status on toys in the second-hand market at “www.cpsc.gov” or call CPSC’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-638-CPSC.