Monday, November 28, 2011

Product Recall to Hit Toy Stores Again After Seeing Possible Hazards on Toys

Holidays are approaching so fast and this is what shoppers are definitely waiting for. Of course, holidays are for the entire family. Mostly during shopping, parents can’t prevent their kids from grabbing toys from the toy stores.

Despite the strict monitoring for safe toys and other products for children, there are still some suspiciously hazardous toys that still manage to sneak into the toy store shelves.

According from a report released by the US Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), just over a dozen toys on toy stores are found violating the federal safety standards. Lead and phthalates are still found present in many toys being sold in the department stores.

Phthalates are primarily used to increase the flexibility, transparency, durability and longevity of a plastic material. However, due to many health concerns, products containing said chemical substance are being phased out most specially toys and baby products.

The toys which are believed to be possible with dangerous chemical contents include the whirly wheel, baby plastic books, wooden blocks and the Sesame Street Oscar dolls.

The research group also warned the parents that too loud toys could also cause hearing impairment to their children.

Since 1990 to 2010, statistics shows that nearly forty percent (40%) of choking fatalities are reported to the government. Balloon is included on the list of hazardous toys that causes fatalities to children.

The toy industry points out that the government figures have been declining in national product recalls for toys for the previous years. Figures show reduction from 172 product recalls in 2008; 50 in 2009; 46 in 2010; to 34 in 2011. Toys and baby product recalls linked to lead dropped down from 19 in 2008 to only 4 this year.

On 2008, the PIRG set a law for more powerful standards for children’s products like a strict limit on lead and other dangerous chemicals. The law was passed to ensure that only a hundred percent safe products for children could be displayed on toy stores.

The toy industry Association for toy safety standards pleaded that they are confident that all toys on stores are safe since the industry had been working on this for several years.

However, despite the association’s confidence, the Public Interest Research Group still conducted a test for children’s products as a safety measure.

Children are very vulnerable to diseases and other health threats, therefore proper safety precautions should be observed not only by the parents but as well as the proper authorities concerned in monitoring the safety of children’s products. The toy industry might as well implement a stronger standard for safe children’s toys to avoid encountering more product liability claims and other serious problems related into the same.