Category Archives: toys

CPSC Chair Circle of Commendation Award

This week, the Chairman of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Inez Tenenbaum, announced her Circle of Commendation Award winners for 2013. Each year, this award has been given to organizations and individuals who have worked to improve product safety.  This year, KID was thrilled when Dr. Joshua Sharfstein of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene was among the winners.  Most recently Dr. Sharfstein worked to ban the ... Read more
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Just when you thought you’ve seen it all…

When I came across this story, it caught my eye – a young boy was injured when a toy eyeball he was playing with cracked and leaked into his eyes.  In KID’s early days, our co-founder Boaz Keysar used to carry this same toy around with him.  He’d pull it out when someone expressed disbelief that toys or children’s products could reach the market without being tested for safety.  For this little engaging toy -- then and now -- was filled ... Read more
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KID releases report on 2012 children’s product recalls

As we have done every year since 2002, today KID released our report on children’s product recalls from the past year.  In 2012, the number of children’s product recalls continued to decline to 97, the lowest number since 2004.   But while the number declined, let’s put it in perspective.  Most parents say they hear about recalls once or twice a month at the most – but in fact, in 2012, a children’s product was recalled every three ... Read more
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New regulations and funding help CPSC keep kids safe

More than 2 million dangerous toys were stopped at ports and kept from ending up on store shelves due to joint action by CPSC and the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in 2012.  In the past four years, since increased authority and funding was provided by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), CPSC has stopped more than 2,400 dangerous or violative toys and children’s products – 8.5 million units. “Proactive port surveillance, ... Read more
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Magnet toys might be sold for adults, but they are injuring kids

Today, Kids In Danger (KID) released an analysis of data from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) that shows that high-powered magnets continue to be a safety risk to children. From toddlers to teens, children who swallow two or more magnets are at risk of developing serious injuries such as small holes in the stomach and intestines, intestinal blockage, blood poisoning, and even death. Removing magnets surgically often requires the repair ... Read more
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CPSC warns about high-powered magnets

In 2005 Kenny died when he swallowed magnets that had fallen out unnoticed from his siblings' Magnetix building set. Over time these and other toys with small magnets were recalled and new toy standards were developed to address the hazard. Now toys cannot have magnetic components that can be swallowed, and craft and science kits for older children have to be clearly labeled with the risk. Even the brand new children’s jewelry standard has warnings ... Read more
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Henry Gordy Intl to pay $1 million plus penalty for deadly darts

On October 14, 2011, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that a civil penalty of $1.1 million was settled against Henry Gordy International, Inc. This comes as result of the company’s failure to report a known safety defect and hazard with their “Auto Fire Target Set” to the CPSC. The hazard came from the soft, pliable, plastic darts that came within each kit. According to the CPSC, three children’s deaths have resulted ... Read more
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Consumer Groups Applaud CPSC Vote for Independent Safety Testing of Toys, Children’s Products

WASHINGTON-- Consumer and safety groups today praised the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for voting to implement rules to require the independent safety testing of toys and other children’s products. Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, and Kids in Danger hailed the vote as a critical victory in helping families protect their children, as well as helping prevent expensive and disruptive recalls. Third-party testing was a ... Read more
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