Wal-Mart steps up toy testing, safety reviews after recalls

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Wal-Mart is stepping up testing and safety reviews of the toys it sells to reassure consumers after a series of recalls of Chinese-made toys.

Wal-Mart's top toy executive says the retailer will require manufacturers to resubmit testing documentation for toys already on the shelves or in shipment, so that Wal-Mart can double-check the results.

The world's largest retailer is also increasing the number of toys tested at independent labs by about 25 to 50 percent, or an average of 200 additional items daily.

Wal-Mart's merchandise manager of toys, Laura Phillips, says the retailer is working hard to reassure parents about the safety of the toys on Wal-Mart's shelves.

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