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CPSC Issues New Report on Toy Safety System Effectiveness, Shows Recalls Are Down

CPSCDuring the past five years, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have stopped more than 9.8 million units of about 3,000 different toys that violated applicable standards. These products never made it onto store shelves and were kept out of consumers’ homes.

In recent years, the CPSC has created a robust toy safety system by requiring testing by independent, third party laboratories around the world; enforcing stringent lead and phthalates limits for toys; and stopping violative and dangerous toys at ports. This fiscal year, CPSC issued only 31 toy recalls, none of which involved a lead violation. This compares with 172 toy recalls in fiscal year 2008 (19 of which were due to excessive lead); 50 recalls in 2009 (14 for lead); 46 recalls in fiscal year 2010 (3 for lead); 34 recalls in 2011 (4 for lead); and 38 recalls last year (3 for lead).

Overall, toy-related deaths involving kids younger than 15 decreased from 19 in 2010, to 17 in 2011, and 11 last year (based on reports to date). The majority of toy-related fatalities last year were attributed to riding toys, including tricycles and nonmotorized scooters. For kids younger than 15 years old, non-motorized scooters were also the category of toys associated with the most injuries last year. Frequently, these injuries involved lacerations, contusions, and abrasions to the kid’s face and head. [Read more...]

Meetings Explore Toy Safety Standards in the EU and U.S.

Representatives from the European Commission, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, ASTM International, and the private sector gathered in Washington, D.C., to hold discussions on toy safety legislation and standards in the EU and the U.S.

Speakers briefed Congressional staff regarding the contrasting regulatory frameworks and standards development practices in the EU and U.S. Participants learned more about the differences and similarities in toy regulations and standards in the U.S. and EU; the impact of differing and overlapping standards on transatlantic trade and safety; and the possibilities for standards alignment and/or mutual recognition of conformity.

CPSC will also host the third United States-European Union-China Trilateral Consumer Product Safety Summit at its headquarters in Bethesda, Md. Officials from the EC and China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine will be in attendance at the summit, which will focus on how the three agencies can advance product safety via coordinated surveillance throughout the manufacturing and distribution chains.  Government-only meetings will take place prior to the public session, which will be held June 29.

This post was originally written by Loren Moreno and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.