Toy Retailers Struggle To Comply With Guidelines

Toy stores are scrambling to comply with tough new lead and chemical standards that go into effect Tuesday.

Many toy sellers are pulling questionable items off their shelves after a judge last week nixed a delay that would have given them a 12-month reprieve. The abrupt change and the lack of guidelines has left many retailers bewildered.

The owner of a toy store in Atlanta said he was pulling about 5 percent of his toys off the shelf just because he's not certain whether or not the items conform to the regulations.

Last summer, Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety
Improvement Act, which imposed tough standards for lead and certain
chemicals, called phthalates in products for children age 12 and under.

Larger manufacturers and retailers have been tightening their own standards since Mattel recalled more than 20 million toys made in China in 2007 due to fears of lead paint contamination and tiny magnets that children could accidentally swallow.

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  • by Matty Mattel Location: Back in the US of A on Feb 10, 2009 at 09:34 AM
    Gosh, years ago when my friends Beanie, Cecil, Sister Belle and Casper were born at Mattel, we were made of hard plastic, with pull strings and soft cloth bodies. There were many hard pressed tin toys, sharp looking metal trucks and pointy tinker toys for all kids to play with. This over zellous safety issue for children is a bunch of nonsence! No one got hurt back in the good old days and no one cared what was in the paint we were painted with. Get back to the old way of making quality products here in the US again and leave the overseas junk where it belongs. Support Matty and his pals please... we need to help a new generation learn to have fun again. If it's Mattel - it's swell!
  • by Toy Stores~ on Feb 10, 2009 at 04:51 AM
    This is an easy fix. Donate all the toys to overseas where they come from. Ban all overseas toys and make all great American made in USA toys. Don't give the chemicals a chance over here. Give American's Jobs, and stop the insantiy~~~~~~~~~
  • by Wondering Location: Jacksonville on Feb 10, 2009 at 04:29 AM
    How will this affect books? I have read books are considered toys. Is it true? If so, what does it do to libraries, schools, etc.?

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