Home visit: Holiday Safety Pt. 2

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va (WDTV) – Welcome back to UHC’s home calling on WDTV. Children’s toys manufactured or imported on or after February 28, 2018 must be tested and certified to meet certain safety standards. Dr. Whitney Courtney, family physician and professor at UHC Family Medicine, joins us this evening for our second installment on toy safety.

1). What is the toy safety standard?

Most are unaware that toys must meet certain safety standards under the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). In fact, children’s toys manufactured or imported from February 28, 2018 must be tested and certified under ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials.

This is the Consumer Safety Standard Specification for Toy Safety, or commonly known as ASTM F963-17, and it is a comprehensive standard that addresses many of the hazards that have been identified with toys. The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act 2008 (CPSIA) required the voluntary toy safety standard in effect at the time to become a mandatory national child product safety rule. If you want to see the full standard go to www.astm.org.

2). For which age groups are toy certification tests required?

Toys intended or designed primarily for children 12 years of age or younger must be tested by an approved testing laboratory and certified by the manufacturer or importer. The law defines “children’s products” as consumer products designed or intended primarily for children 12 years of age or younger.

3). What about the toys that have been recalled?

One of the goals of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is to protect consumers and families from dangerous toys. The CPSC sets rules and guidelines to keep toys safe and to issue toy recalls if a problem is detected. Toys are being recalled for a variety of reasons, including dangerous lead levels, choking hazards or fire hazards. The recalled toys must be removed immediately. If you think your child has been exposed to a toy that contains lead, ask your child’s doctor to test for high levels of lead in the blood. For more information on toy recalls, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website at www.cpsc.gov/recalls.

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