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Decrease in Toy Recalls is Promising, But Some Problems Remain

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on December 7, 2011

The number of toy recalls in the United States has dropped steadily since 2008 when tough new regulations were put in place to restrict the amount of toxic heavy metals, like lead and other chemicals, in children’s toys. However, defective children’s toys are still out there, and adults buying toys for the children in their lives should examine them carefully before giving them to kids, according to a recent article in USA Today.

In 2008, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued 142 toy recalls due to defective parts or materials that could injure kids. In 2011, the CPSC issued only 34 toy recalls. The CPSC points to tougher regulations and greater enforcement as the reason for the decrease in toy recalls – there are simply fewer dangerous toys out there than there were three years ago, according to one spokesperson. Read the rest »

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