TONIGHT: Hidden Risks for Parents Shopping Online Marketplaces

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – is a popular online marketplace.

Many parents love shopping there, or through similar online platforms, for handmade craft items they can’t find anywhere else.

Unfortunately, some of those items, could put your child in danger.

A concerned viewer, recently emailed WHNT News 19 after spotting a handmade car seat harness for sale at She was worried. How could it be legal? Was it regulated? How could it be sold online?

Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 10:00 p.m. we'll air the results of our investigation - including safety advice every parent should see.

Car seats, cribs and toys sold in stores face strict government regulations. Do the items you find online at marketplaces like What warnings are parents not getting when they buy?

What should parents know to keep their children safe and make informed decisions?

These are just some of the questions we'll explore.

Watch WHNT News 19, Wednesday at 10:00 p.m.  for our Taking Action Investigation "In Pursuit of Cute."



  • v latham

    Im disappointed to hear that whnt is going after a site like etsy. Etsy is essentially an online craft fair. its not any different than making the item yourself except someone else is doing the work. The govt doesnt regulate home made craft items because the question of safety is left to the person making it. Those of us that make clothing and other craft items know that friends and family always want one too. They dont rely on the govt to tell them whether or not to buy it. Media stories like this are going to cause govt involvment which will cause higher prices or worse, the people that spend their time creating theseworks of art, will stop selling them all together. No one is forcing people to go to etsy, much less buy the items. Leave the govt and the media out of it.


    An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this
    onto a coworker who had been doing a little research on this.
    And he in fact bought me breakfast simply because I stumbled upon it
    for him… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!!
    But yeah, thanks for spending some time to talk about this issue here on your site.

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