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Ensuring Toy Safety

Published: Monday, September 17, 2007 - 22:00

(TIA: New York) -- The U.S. Toy Industry Association has announced plans to implement new systems to bolster the safety testing and inspection of toys sold in the United States.

“The safety of children is our primary concern, and the safety record of our 500 manufacturer members is exemplary” says Daniel Grossman, chairman of the board of TIA. “But recent recalls from a few manufacturers are an indication that we need to strengthen the testing and inspection procedures used to verify that all toy products, from all sources, comply with U.S. safety standards.”

On Aug. 28, the TIA board of directors approved a three-point program to reinforce toy testing and inspection programs:

  • First, the industry supports the concept of a federal requirement to make safety testing and inspection mandatory.
  • Second, TIA is working with the American National Standards Institute to develop and standardize procedures that will be used industrywide to verify that products comply with stringent U.S. safety standards. ANSI is a private nonprofit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. standardization and conformity assessment system.
  • Third, TIA is also working with ANSI to develop criteria to confirm and certify that test laboratories are qualified to conduct the prescribed testing.

TIA has formed a working group, including retailers and laboratories, to help develop and implement the new program. The first meeting of the group was held Aug. 31.

In a recent letter to TIA president Carter Keithley, Consumer Product Safety Commission acting chairman, Nancy Nord, commended the industry for initiating the new program. “I am pleased that the TIA and ANSI are being proactive to address toy safety concerns that have been highlighted in recent months,” says Nord. “I therefore applaud your collective efforts to add an additional layer of protection to prevent unsafe toys from entering the stream of commerce.”

“In the near term, toy brands and retailers are redoubling their testing efforts to ensure toy safety,” says Keithley. “We are out to make sure that toys are among the safest things parents bring into their homes this holiday season.”

For more information or to register, visit www.toy-tia.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Press_Room/Press_Releases1/09_05_07/09_05_07.htm

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