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Keeping Track: product recalls

Stringent standards keep toys atop list

High-profile recalls of tires, highchairs, and other products have heightened consumer awareness of product defects, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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The number of products recalled has remained steady over the past five years - between 200 to 300 annually, the agency says. But more firms are now reporting the defects themselves.

Toys lead the list, largely because they are heavily regulated. Infant/child products like highchairs are second, for similar reasons. The outdoor category includes items like lawn mowers and drills. A separate agency tracks recalls of automobiles.

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