Sinclair Cares: Dangers of used toys

Recalled toys can still be found on store shelves and online. (SBG)

Before you hit a garage sale or Craigslist for a holiday gift at a great price, you may want to understand the risks that may come with those toys.

Michael DeClerque like likes buying used toys for his son, Ari, but he knows the risks.

"Especially with boys. They are always into trouble even with things that are safe, so they can make it unsafe if they want to. But we always check for safety," DeClerque said.

It is Mary Wygal's business to know what's not safe for kids.

"I've seen some really dangerous products," Wygal said. "I see it every day, I see recalled items on Craigslist. I see them every day when I am out at other consignment stores sometimes."

As co-owner of Baby and Me consignment, she has to be careful.

"I've got to research, and if I can't find the information on it, I won't take it," she said.

Sometimes you have to look closely for the numbers, and she finds good news.

"She's OK. Her date code is saying she is OK to sell," Wygal said.

When you are shopping used, you can easily do this, too.

In the search engine on your smartphone, plug in the manufacturer's name the model number and type in "recall." The results could save you and your family.

Ruzica Josipovic spots recalled and dangerous toys all the time.

"We have here small baby bottle that's going to the garbage, directly to the garbage," Josipovic said.

She's a sorter at Goodwill, tossing out wooden toys that could have lead paint, toys that are choking hazards and checking for recalls.

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