Here are some safety tips for shopping for outdoor water toys and pool floats this summer:
Research an outdoor water toy before purchasing it.
It is important to always check Consumer Reports or recall announcements before purchasing a toy for your pool. In addition, do not purchase used pool toys, because they may not function properly. Furthermore, used outdoor toys such as water guns or pool floats may not be held to the same safety standards as new items. … Read the rest
It’s been a tough couple of days for the safety of infants and toddlers. On July 7, 2009, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Gromex Inc., of Passaic, N.J., announced a voluntary recall of about 700 Jaloma Pacifiers. The next day the CPSC, in cooperation with Kolcraft Enterprises Inc. of Chicago, Ill., announced a voluntary recall of about 1 million Kolcraft, Carters, Sesame Street, Jeep, Contours, Care Bear and Eric Carle Play Yards. The recalled pacifier has a ring-shaped handle and a round-shaped mouth guard with two ventilation holes. Jaloma is printed on the handle … Read the rest
Although the publicity was much greater last year, 45 children’s toys have been recalled due to lead paint issues so far this year. The toys include Casper the Friendly Ghost Halloween Figurines, xylophones, jewelry and classroom reading and math aids. But overall, toy recalls are down 46 percent from last year, it was announced at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)’s annual toy safety news conference this past week on November 12.
According to the CPSC, toy recalls had dropped to 74 in 2008 from 138 in 2007. Toy recalls in 2007 included children’s toys containing lead paint, … Read the rest
In response to toy safety concerns raised during the summer of 2007 and the record number of unsafe toys recalled last year (and doubtlessly a number of product liability lawsuits), the U.S. Toy Industry Association (TIA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) have formed the Toy Safety Coordination Initiative, a developing program that is designed to improve the safety of toys sold in American and to rebuild consumer confidence in the safety of toys in the American marketplace.
The purpose of the initiative may be two-fold: to increase toys’ safety and to head-off stricter federal and state laws… Read the rest
29 million toys were recalled in 2007. This unfortunate and scary trend has continued in 2008.
Since the beginning of this year, at least 19 products manufactured overseas have been voluntarily recalled by manufacturers in conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) due to high lead levels, choking and aspiration problems in infants and children, magnets potentially causing fatal intestinal perforations, and smoke and fire hazards. Although many of the recalled toys were manufactured in countries which have far less quality controls than in the United States.
U.S. companies that sell and distribute such imported goods could be held … Read the rest
2007 is on its way to becoming the year when more toys were recalled than any other year in the history of the toy industry. As of August 15, 2007, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) had recalled 40 toys, which extrapolates to 56 recalls by the end of the year. Much attention has been paid to the problem of toys colored with lead paint. Mattel, the world’s largest toy company, announced three major recalls, involving some 20 million items. The company said a number of toy cars and Barbie-related accessories had been colored with lead paint. … Read the rest