It's hard to always be sensible about gifts during the holidays. Though a sweater might keep a child warm, it's not likely to be received with as much glee as a toy.
If you find your child has a toy on the following list of 2010 recalls, take it away immediately; then you can consult the manufacturer or distributor listed on the recall notice about your next steps.
Risks of injury
About 34,000 bathtub submarine toys sold at mass merchandise retail stores and children's stores nationwide. About 2.5 million Push Around and Whisper Ride buggies sold at major retailers and specialty stores.
More choking hazards
About 2,100 "Play With Your Veggies" toys sold at The Land of Nod stores in Illinois and Washington, the Land of Nod catalog and www.landofnod.com. About 800,000 Wind Chime Toys sold at Toys "R" Us, Wal-Mart, Target, Buy Buy Baby and T.J. Maxx stores.
After two boys died, about 1.8 million toy dart gun sets sold exclusively at Family Dollar stores were recalled. About 2,700 Animal Crackers Giant Stacking Toys sold in One Step Ahead's catalog and on the firm's website at www.onestepahead.com.
Fire & burn hazards
About 46,000 "Fly Dragonfly" (also called "Queen Bee") Remote-Controlled Helicopters sold at book/gift fairs held in schools, hospitals and office buildings nationwide. About 6,000 Danbar Knight Hawk Toy Helicopters sold at RadioShack stores, RadioShack dealer franchise stores nationwide and at www.radioshack.com.
Lead paint hazards
About 1,000 TechnoSkin Foam Balls and Sportime TechStitched Soccer Balls sold in Sportime's catalog and on the firm's website, www.schoolspecialty.com. About 3,000 Double Egg Shakers sold at Discount School Supply stores nationwide. About 580 BigBox Hockey Sets sold in Sportime's catalog and online at www.sportime.com. About 252,000 Tiny Tink and Friends Children's Toy Jewelry Sets sold at retailers nationwide.