Are you buying a toy for a child – or even a charity drive – this year? If so, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) wants you to know that, for the third consecutive year, it is working with Canadian and Mexican authorities to stop the transport/import of dangerous and illegal children’s toys.
In fact, last week, CPSC officials met with these authorities in Mexico for the Third North American Consumer Product Safety Summit, where they continued to work on their “vision for creating a safer marketplace for consumers across the continent.” Out of this meeting reportedly came the agreement that all of these authorities would focus on:
- Enforcing strong safety standards at home
- Continuing to emphasize the importance of safety standards for overseas manufacturing
- Continue to conduct rigor inspections of imported toys.
CPSC Chairman Elliot F. Kaye issued a comment about these efforts, explaining that:
As we approach the holiday season, our three jurisdictions are working as one to protect children in all three nations from harmful toys…Despite our real advances in toy safety, we are still finding too many violative toys at our borders. All consumers, regardless of which of our three nations they come from, deserve us working together to protect them. This is why working toward seamless surveillance across North American borders is a critical part of our collaboration with Health Canada and PROFECO.
What You Can Do to Protect Your Children from Dangerous Toys
While regulators work at the federal and international level to stop dangerous and illegal toys from entering the U.S., here’s what you can do more locally to protect your children and avoid a toy-related injury this holiday season:
- Keep toys with high-powered magnets and/or small parts away from children younger than 3.
- Try to give age-appropriate toys, checking the manufacturer’s indications on the box (for instance, something like “for children 5+” could be printed on boxes containing toys).
- Only use toys as directed.
- If a toy requires batteries or charging, be sure that an adult handles this aspect of the assembly (for younger children).
- When giving bikes or other riding toys, try to also give the appropriate safety gear, such as a helmet.
Contact a Denver Personal Injury Lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm
If you or a loved one has been hurt by a dangerous or faulty consumer product, contact a Denver personal injury lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm to find out more about your best options for financial recovery.
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