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CPSC Chair Inez Tenebaum held a Town Hall meeting in New York recently to talk to parents and consumers about safe toys and new toy safety regulations. The CPSC has introduced new rules and guidelines for higher toy safety standards this year. In addition, there are steps parents and grandparents can take to ensure a happy and safe giving season.
Starting this year new federal rules state:
This year, toy recalls are significantly down. So far this calendar year there have been 38 toy recalls, down from 162 in 2008 and 148 in 2007. CPSC cites better enforcement for imports, cooperation with other nations, and more consumer awareness and education, among the factors giving consumers a bit safer year.
There are several safety tips the CPSC would like consumers to take when shopping this holiday season:
Once the screaming is over and the gifts are open, the CPSC also recommends the following:
The CPSC is committed to working with consumers on toy safety and education and with foreign and domestic toy manufacturers, importers and retailers to understand and comply with the new regulations.
To see the full text of the CPSC News Release go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10039.html.
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