TIA's Public Statements
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) list of “Priority Products” includes product types that the DTSC believes could include a material of concern, even though there may be no actual exposure or risk of harm to human health or the environment.
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Each year around this time there are several things we have come to count on – one is the annual targeting of toys by groups such as U.S. PIRG who take advantage of the high visibility of toys during the holiday season and the opportunities for media attention their reports generate.
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During the holiday season, consumers are frequently targeted by activists who take advantage of the high visibility of toys and the opportunities they offer for media coverage. These groups frequently focus attacks on toys they deem to be “unsafe,” “unhealthy,” or “dangerous,” their claims are frequently found to be unsubstantiated and often ignore or misinterpret the facts … and needlessly frighten parents.
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Younger kids play differently than older children and are much more likely to put items in their mouths. Small parts or things that could be easily swallowed must be kept away from children under three years of age and older kids who continue to mouth objects.
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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 federal regulations for low power lasers.
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The Toy Industry Association (TIA) and its members are proud of the important, life-shaping role that toys, games and play have in the development and growth of children. With the rise in childhood obesity rates sparking public health concerns, parents are rallying alongside medical professionals to call for a return to active play – that which stimulates the body by encouraging kids to run, jump, and stretch.
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The Toy Industry Association (TIA) assures parents and caregivers that polycarbonate plastic containing Bisphenol-A (BPA) is safe as used in toys.
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The Toy Industry Association (TIA) helped establish the federal standards for lead in children’s products more than 30 years ago. Current standards are 90 ppm (parts per million) for paint and 100 ppm for substrates – and are among the strictest in the world.
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TIA believes that children derive great benefit from a well-rounded day of play that can involve a combination of many types of toys, including digital playthings. We also believe that parents and caregivers are crucial partners in their child’s play and learning, and are ultimately responsible for selecting the playthings that are appropriate for the child’s age, interests and abilities. Active adult supervision and engagement during playtime is essential.
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Specific restrictions on the presence of phthalates – ingredients that make some plastics soft and pliable – in toys and child care articles are defined in Section 108 of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), a federal law that was approved in 2008.
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Toys sold in the United States are prohibited from containing heavy metals or any other substances that can result in harmful exposure to children. By law, toy companies must ensure that their products are in compliance with all relevant standards, regulations and tests – including applicable heavy metal limits – before they can be sold in this country.
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All toys sold in the U.S., regardless of where they are made, must be tested to verify compliance with strict U.S. standards.
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Though toys comprise less than 1% of the typical household waste stream, there is an industry-wide understanding that everyone has a role to play in support of sustainability.
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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 made inaccessible to young children.
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All toys sold in the U.S. must comply with numerous environmental and safety regulations that make it illegal to sell toys or children’s products containing substances known to be harmful to children and to which children might be exposed.
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All toys sold in the United States must conform to tough federal safety standards such as the Consumer Product Safety Act, the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, and the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. Not only do these toy safety standards contain tough flammability requirements, they also restrict the use of substances known to be harmful to children and to which children might be exposed.
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Role play and fantasy help children work through and cope with what is happening in the world around them; they learn how to control their emotions through play rather than through outwardly aggressive behavior.
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Magnets can provide a fun and educational component to a toy. Strict federal toy safety standards are in place to assure that magnets in children’s toys are not accessible to young kids.
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The toy industry designs its products specifically for children, which means toys are held to a high standard of safety. In fact, all toys sold in the United States, no matter where they are produced, are highly regulated and must conform to rigorous safety standards. Recalls are an important part of this robust system, creating a “safety net” to remove faulty product from the distribution chain and, when necessary, out of consumers’ homes.
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Based upon information provided by experienced engineers, safety authorities, and manufacturers of the instruments involved, the Toy Industry Association believes that X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) technology may be reliably used as an initial screening mechanism for detecting the presence of heavy metals in toys so long as prescribed test methods are followed and the appropriate standard reference materials are used.
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U.S. toy safety standards are among the toughest in the world and U.S. toymakers are committed to assuring the safety of the toys they produce. It is equally important that parents and caregivers take an active role in assuring safe and fun play.
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No toys intended for children and sold in the United States have been found to be dangerous based on their sound level.
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The Toy Industry Association (TIA) and its members are proud of the important, life-shaping role that toys, games and play have in the development and growth of children. Play promotes active bodies, active minds and healthy lifestyles. We believe it is appropriate to market and provide information about toys and games to families – from grandparents to kids – as long as that information is provided responsibly.
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In January 2010, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) launched a proactive initiative to update the federally mandated ASTM F963 toy safety standard to cover soluble heavy metals in toy substrate material. TIA’s enhancement of the existing restrictions will better align the U.S. national standard with requirements in Europe and elsewhere.
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The Toy Industry Association (TIA) is fully committed to a broad range of initiatives that enhance toy safety. As such, TIA works continuously with regulators, toy companies, retailers, consumer groups, labs and conformity assessment experts to help toy companies and laboratories assure compliance with strict federal toy safety laws.
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The Toy Industry Association (TIA) is making the foundational aspects of its Toy Safety Certification Program® (TSCP®) freely available as online resources to help all toy companies, importers and testing laboratories facilitate compliance with the federal Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).
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The toy industry shares parents’ concern about children’s potential exposure to toxic chemicals in our environment. Parents should know that toys sold in the U.S. are prohibited from containing accessible substances that are harmful or toxic and to which children might be exposed. Claims made by certain self-proclaimed advocates such as Good Guide are unclear, loosely defined, often invalid and misleading.
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As a valued customer of our industry's products and as the vital link to consumers, it is important to TIA that members of the retail community understand the current status of the toy industry’s efforts to implement and adhere to the requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) so that they may make an informed judgment about whether the products currently on their shelves are likely to be in violation of the new standards for lead and phthalates that became effective on February 10, 2009.
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With his approval of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, the President has signed into law aggressive legislation that strengthens the safety of all consumer products in America - including toys.
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TIA has expanded its legislative advocacy efforts to over 30 states which have introduced almost 200 individual bills affecting the toy industry.
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Members of the Toy Industry Association (TIA) are strongly committed to reducing the impact of their products on the environment generally and to increasing the sustainability of the materials and processes used in making them.
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Toy Industry Association™ (TIA) has represented toy manufacturers for 90 years and has taken a lead role in ensuring toy safety and safe play.
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The North American toy industry would like to assure you that you can be confident that toys are safe for kids to play with. Toygivers and toymakers together make sure this is true.
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