US: TIA urges parents not to fall for “unreliable” toy safety reports

The Toy Industry Association is urging US families not to fall for the ‘fear-mongering’ reports circulated by non-governmental organisations regarding "harmful" toys.

TIA has conducted a thorough analysis of US Public Interest Research Group’s (PIRG) 2015 "Trouble in Toyland" report and W.A.T.C.H’s 2015 "10 Worst Toys" list and found the data provided by these groups to be unreliable.

The body stated that bothn’consistently fail to support their allegations that the listed toys present any danger to children at play’.

"The toy community remains steadfast in its year-round commitment to creating safe toys and games that bring joy and learning to children all over the world," said Steve Pasierb, TIA president and CEO.

"However, each holiday season, a small group of non-governmental organizations seeks to generate publicity and donations for themselves with their alleged ‘unsafe’ toy reports. These reports are not backed up with credible, scientific data, and instead needlessly frighten families during an otherwise joyful time of year. 

"In fact, all toys sold in the U.S. are highly regulated 365 days a year by the federal government and must meet more than 100 safety requirements."

The TIA went on to state:

  • None of the toys that PIRG and W.A.T.C.H. named in their reports have been recalled by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the federal agency charged with overseeing toy safety, as a result of their allegations.
  • W.A.T.C.H. does not test any of the toys it claims are unsafe. Allegations are based on pure conjecture and opinion.
  • PIRG also failed to use proper toy testing methods. Only one out of the 23 products named in PIRG’s report was properly tested by the group for safety.

‘Groups like PIRG and W.A.T.C.H. do nothing to advance toy safety and are not serving the interests and well-being of children and their families,’ concluded a statement from the TIA.

The TIA’s www.PlaySafe.org is an online repository of toy safety facts, recall information and tips for safe play.

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Robert Hutchins is the editor of ToyNews and its sister title, Licensing.biz. He has worked his way from Staff Writer to Editor across the two titles, having spent almost eight years with both and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing robert.hutchins@biz-media.co.uk or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobGHutchins if ranting is your thing...

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