Safety is gradually improving, but toy-shoppers should still be watchful this holiday season.
That’s the main message from this year’s annual ‘Trouble in Toyland’ toy safety report from the Public Interest Research Group in Michigan (PIRGIM).
The group says the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, passed in 2008, has improved toy safety.
But it warns that some toys can and do fall through the regulatory cracks. The group found toys that exceed federal standards for lead, cadmium, phthalates, and other toxins that can impair child development.
And PIRGIM suggests some of those laws could be tightened up, too.
Spokesman Eric Mosher points to a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pencil case. It contains much more of the toxic element cadmium—about 600 parts per million--than federal law allows.