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Toys of 2010 that were just plain bad ideas

It’s almost New Years, and that means everyone and their dog is trotting out their end of year lists. We’ve talked about toys to look forward to for 2011 and cool new toys from 2010, but I feel I would be terribly remiss if I let the year go by without remarking on its dark […]

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Recently Recalled Toys – How to Stay in the Know

Build-a-Bear Beach Chairs have recently recalled over 250,000 folding chairs due to a laceration danger. This is just one recall of many this year: how can you keep up?  In this article I explore easy ways for concerned parents to stay on top of the news in regards to toy recalls. The good news is […]

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Toxic Toys Still on Shelves Despite New Toy Safety Act

Scientific American has reported that toys containing toxic phthalates may still be on shelves in the United States because the federal government has yet to enforce the new Children’s Safety Product Act. This disturbing possibility has been documented by The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Public Citizen, who charge in the complaint filed in […]

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Razor Powerwing Recall Announced

Razor has agreed to a voluntary recall of 100,000 of their popular Razor® PowerWing™ Three-Wheeled Scooters last week.  The reason for the recall is the apparent laceration hazard on the underside of the scooter due to sharp metal edges. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has documented several cases of tendon cuts and wounds that […]

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HABA Toys Voluntary Recall

HABA Toys has issued a press release detailing the voluntary recall of some of its popular toys due to the possibility they could contain choking hazards.  We encourage everyone to find out more information and inquire about refunds here. Here are the toys recalled; so far no injuries have been reported. The main issue with […]

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US Bans Lead Toys and Phthalates

In case you missed the headlines, the US House voted 424-1 to ban lead toys.  This is an important piece of legislation known as the Children’s Product Safety Act.  Not only does it ensure that lead paint will never come into contact with our children’s mouths again, but it also outlines some strict guidelines for […]

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Toy Safety: Doing Your Own Checks

Nowadays toy safety is a greater concern than ever. After last years extensive recalls of toys manufactured in China, parents are doing everything they can to make sure that the toys the buy for their children are safe. But many consumers have little trust for the toy industry’s checks on itself, and are taking responsibility […]

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The Toy Industry’s Safety Certification Program

The Toy Industry Association, together with consumers, government, manufacturers, and retailers, have now unveiled plans for a new toy safety certification program in an attempt to enhance toy safety and restore consumer confidence. After last year’s record number of toy recalls, this new program would implement a comprehensive system or accreditation to ensure that toys […]

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HABA and Product Safety

Something a toy company must always balance is the value of the product versus the cost of production.  Even with quality wood toys, safety and inspection have to be an integral part of the process. Because of rising demand for wood and labor, many makers of wood toys like HABA have found that some toys […]

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Proposed Toy Safety Act in the Works

The latest toy headlines – toys with lead, toys with reproductive toxins – may have contributed to the US Senate proposal of a “toy safety act,” according to the New York Times. Led by Democratic senators from New York and Connecticut, the proposed measure is called the Children’s Product Safety Act. Look for its effect […]

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