Toy Industry Association (TIA) Statement on Laser Toys

Toys are subject to numerous safety standards, including FDA regulations related to the use of lasers. Most “laser-like” toys on the market employ harmless LED lights to simulate lasers; any toy that uses actual laser technology and falls under current FDA definitions for laser products must comply with FDA rules for low-power lasers.

There has been recent attention surrounding children’s exposure to laser pointers, due in large part to the availability of compact laser pointers for adult occupational use, which are not intended for children. Although adults may use these laser pointers for work, kids might think they are for amusement. Parents should ensure that laser products to which their children have access are indeed intended for children’s use.