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12.19.2008

new toy safety regulations slated to take effect in the US starting in february are well intended, but flawed legislation + will have devastating consequences for small toymakers + handmade toy vendors.

last year, the us media broadcasted many stories about recalls of toys made for children that included dangerously high levels of lead or other chemicals or small parts that could easily detach + be swallowed by a child. several of the world’s leading toy manufacturers were forced to recall tens of thousands of units of toys to ensure the safety of american children. almost every problem toy recalled in 2007 was made in china. read more at mahar drygoods.

by ~mod*mom~ at 19.12.08 ©

7 Comments:

Unfortunately this law that was signed in November has been modified to also include anything for children. Diapers, clothing, pacifier holders, blankets, you name it. It is retroactive, so even stuff in stock is not allowed to be sold without the testing. No more yard sales, good will giving since thrift stores can't sell it, no selling your child's hardly used toy or outfit on ebay or craigslist. You will now be liable for jail time, fines and if I am not mistaken felony charges.(Do not quote me on that, I did not look up that part but though I remember it in the law)

No more etsy, home businesses will not be able to afford the testing.

It still irks me that congressmen/women (at least in my state) have no idea of what they signed and the impact of it. All store stock, in your favorite store, that is made for children will not be able to be sold after the 9th of February unless it is tested. (cost range 100-400 per test).

There are sites with the full info, but my favorite is http://www.fashion-incubator.com/ as she has been keeping up with it tight and has lawyers involved.

Do all you can to fight this!

http://www.fashion-incubator.com/category/news-and-events/
http://tucsonkids.com/node/390
http://sites.google.com/site/handmadetoyalliance/news—updates
http://www.cpsc.gov/ABOUT/Cpsia/cpsia.HTML

By Anonymous Peggie, at 12/20/2008 5:59 AM  

I am still stunned this is happening. I do not feel it will make anyone safer- if anything I know more corners will be cut and harmful things allowed that many handmade creators NEVER would allow.

Steph

By Blogger Adventures In Babywearing, at 12/20/2008 7:22 PM  

It is very disturbing and it has forced me to change my designs for an older market. Whate were they thinking when the signed this into law?

By Blogger fixedgeargal, at 12/21/2008 6:43 PM  

I saw a post about this on junior society. I'm so glad more and more people are aware of this. I'll be trying to stay informed and inform others.

By Anonymous Melissa Gutierrez, at 12/26/2008 8:04 PM  

Thanks for addressing this issue, I'm so sad about it, I will no longer be able to sell my little watercolor paintings.

By Blogger Nancy, at 1/09/2009 7:20 PM  

Thanks for bringing this up Mod! After talking to customers and people in the industry, it became clear that many think this is a "toy issue". The legislation obviously covers much more than toys, and it is already beginning to effect retailers in addition to artists and small manufacturers.

We have a post at the blog (click name for link) dedicated to highlight those negatively affected by the CPSIA. Everyone is invited to drop by and leave their link to show how widespread the problem really is!

Have a great weekend,
Jason at Dr.MOZ

By Anonymous Jason at Dr.MOZ, at 1/17/2009 10:22 AM  

I saw a post about this on junior society.i am very satisfied on it.

By Anonymous Deals Hunt, at 9/29/2009 8:57 PM  

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