Toy Safety System Works to Keep Kids Safe; Recalls Down, Port Seizures Up

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) developed a robust toy safety system requiring testing by independent, third party test labs around the world, enforcing stringent lead and phthalates limits for toys, imposing some of the most stringent toy standards in the world and stopping violative and dangerous toys at ports and in the marketplace before they reach children’s hands.

Over the past five years, the CPSC and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have stopped more than 9.8 million units of approximately 3,000 different toys that violated standards. In 2013 fiscal year, the CPSC issued only 31 toy recalls, none of which involved a lead violation. The majority of these recalls involved ingestion hazards, including chemical and magnetic designs.

Read more about how the toy safety system is keeping violative products off store shelves and out of consumers’ homes.