This summer, Congress passed major legislation that will be overhauling our product safety system in 2009. The new law will increase safety standards and ban toxic levels of dangerous ingredients in toys, like lead and phthalates.
The law goes into effect in 2009, but toys with dangerous levels of lead and phtalates are still on toy store shelves this holiday season. The new law will strengthen the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), but not until spring.
Until then, we need to be vigilant of this year’s holiday toys–from toy cars to toy earrings. And unfortunately, there are some manufacturers who are trying to get the new law pushed back so they can continue to sell these toxic toys past the Feb. 10 deadline.
There is useful information out there about what to watch out for when purchasing toys this holiday season, along with everyday good sense ideas, like shopping for toy brands you know from retailers you trust, reading and following the age labels on toys, and supervising play.
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