Just in time for the crush of holiday shopping, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Monday released her lastest shopping guide listing the "dizzying" number of potentially-dangerous children's products.
The fourth annual "Play It Safe Guide" includes information on toys, clothing and jewelry.
So far this year, Madigan said 147 products aimed at children have been recalled. She a total of 44 million units were recalled, double the number of items recalled the year prior.
"It’s a dizzying number; very hard for anybody to keep up with that," said Madigan.
The attorney general offered a three-step process for parents:
- Sign up for alerts at Recalls.gov. Notifications are sent via email...
- Fill out the notification card provided by the manufacturer, or sign up online, whenever you purchase a product...
- Use the "Play it Safe" guide to make sure none of the recalled items are in your home.
Madigan, along with the child safety group Kids in Danger, also known as KID, also encouraged parents to reconsider handing down big ticket items like cribs and high chairs that have been recalled.
Download: 2010 Play It Safe Recall Guide (.pdf)