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On My Mind
April 2008

Stages of a Toy Recall

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Copyright 2008 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2008

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2008;162(4):390. doi:10.1001/archpedi.162.4.390

Questioning: Why do I have to give back my toys? Where will they go? Will someone else play with them? Will I get them back someday? Who told you to take them from me? What does lead look like? Is it on the list? What list? What's a recall?

Denial: Mommy, it doesn't look like anything's wrong with the paint. I can't see any lead; where is it?

Anger: Why do you have to take my toys away? It's not fair! I’m not happy about this.

Bargaining: I’ll be careful, I promise. I won't let my brother lick them. Please, Mommy.

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