New Testing Requirements for Children’s Toys Adopted by the CPSC

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) which oversees the safety of all types of consumer products, has decided to toughen third party testing requirements to make children’s toys safer.

In recent years, children’s products, many imported from China, have been found to have cadmium and lead in excessive levels which can be ingested by a child. In a 5-0 vote Wednesday July 20, the CPSC approved a new testing requirement to be conducted by a third party specified by manufacturers. Toy makers have until December 31, 2011 to identify and pay for third party testing which will result in a certification.

Toys will be tested after that time to make sure they are in compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 which directed Congress to require mandatory standards, not just voluntary ones which allowed many dangerous products to enter the stream of commerce. The standards mandated are known as the ASTM standards for toys known as F-963-08 and F 963-07-01.

Injuries to children from imported toys have included strangulation, burns, falls, shocks, and choking, as well as toxic metal exposure. Whether a product is defective in its manufacture, its design or in its failure to warn, a recall is one step toward preventing further injuries.

It would be ideal to stop the injury in the first place. Florida law allows victims to sue for negligence and product liability which can bring compensation to a family for their injuries and pain and suffering, but also brings the responsible parties to justice. Even if the toy has not been recalled, you may be eligible for compensation. Begin a conversation with one of our product liability attorneys in Jacksonville to seek answers and options.