Toy Industry Association (TIA) Statement on Button Cell Batteries


U.S. toymakers are committed to assuring the safety of the toys they produce.   

Batteries – especially small, button batteries – from any source can pose a serious health hazard if swallowed.  This is why there is a long-standing safety standard requiring that batteries in toys be inaccessible to young children. All toys sold in the United States must comply with this battery standard.

Parents and caregivers are reminded that there are many products in the home that contain small batteries. However, products that are not playthings (such as TV remote controls, bathroom scales, and many others) do not have to comply with the same strict safety standards that are in place to prevent a child’s access to batteries in a toy. 

When changing the batteries in a toy, be sure to re-engage the locking system.  Adults should be careful to never leave batteries, new or used, where they are accessible to children.  These simple step will help parents and caregivers take an active role in assuring safe and fun play.

This statement was originally published in September 2012 and updated by the Toy Industry Association in October 2014.