Nov. 20, 2007 — With the nation’s consideration centered on toy security, customer bunches are once once more caution of possibly dangerous items on store racks this shopping season.
A report issued by the guard dog organization U.S. Open Intrigued Inquire about Bunch (U.S. PIRG) found 60 toys that are risky for little children since of choking, clamor, or other dangers. A few of the toys moreover contain poisonous lead or other potential chemical threats, the bunch said.
The report criticized the government Shopper Item Security Commission (CPSC), which has been beneath fire from Congress. Legislators are debating bills presently to provide the office more specialist to keep possibly risky toys out of stores.
Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG’s customer program chief, cautioned guardians that the CPSC does not have the assets to direct the toy industry.
“It’s up to you to look at toys carefully, explore for dangers, and make beyond any doubt the toys you bring to your family are secure,” he told correspondents.
Toys highlighted in U.S. PIRG’s report incorporate:
Weave the Builder doll, made by Learning Curve/RC2, which has little parts that might be a choking danger Safari Attractive Marbles, made by Safari, Ltd., which has magnets that can be unsafe in case gulped A number of Inquisitive George dolls, made by Wonder Toys, containing lead.
“These toys are fair unsatisfactory, and we trust they’re unsatisfactory to the CPSC,” Mierzwinski said.
The toys reflect the risks cited by the U.S. PIRG in its ponder: lead in toys and children’s gems, magnets, and choking dangers. Children uncovered to lead can endure advancement delays and mental issues. Magnets, utilized in building toys, gems, and play sets, can cause a bowel obstacle or life-threatening aperture in case they ended up intertwined in a child’s body.
Activity in Congress
Congress is debating at slightest two bills that seem boost the CPSC’s administrative specialist and increment fines and other punishments against companies creating or bringing in hazardous toys. Toy creators — counting mammoths like Mattel — confronted a firestorm prior this drop when millions of children’s toys containing lead paint had to be reviewed.
The CPSC’s acting chairman, Nancy Nord, too touched off contention when she told officials in Congressional declaration that the office did not require more specialist to control toy security.
CPSC representative Julie Vallese tells WebMD that the office has “ventured up” its toy reviews. But she says guardians ought to utilize a “back-to-basics” approach to making beyond any doubt the toys they purchase are secure.
“Guardians ought to be outfitted with information. They ought to examined names on toys — they’re there for a reason — but do not fair examined the name, regard the caution,” she says.
Toy producers have been “testing, enormously retesting toys on the store racks and within the supply chain so that shoppers can be certain,” Joan Lawrence, bad habit president of the Toy Industry Affiliation, tells WebMD. The bunch speaks to more than 500 toy creators, merchants, and wholesalers. She says the industry is coming up with a unused “convention for testing” for toy producers and merchants.
In the mean time, Congress is likely to decipher the public’s consideration to toy security into unused enactment.
“Congress is decided to act some time recently the Christmas season,” says Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.
With detailing by Miranda Hitti.