One in Three Children's Toys Tested by HealthyToys.org Found to have Significant Levels of Toxic Chemicals Including Lead, Flame Retardants, and Arsenic

December 3, 2008

Lead was detected in 20% of the toys tested this year.  In fact, lead levels in some of the products were well above the 600 parts-per-million (ppm) federal recall standard used for lead paint, and will exceed the U.S. legal limit in February, according to the new Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) regulations.  Levels of lead in many toys were significantly above the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended ceiling of 40 ppm of lead in children's products.  Children's jewelry remains the most contaminated product category, maintaining its spot at the top of HealthyToys.org’s "worst" list.

The CPSC regulations, which go into effect in February 2009, would make certain products on the shelf this holiday season illegal to sell two months from now.  Experts insist that these new regulations, while a good first step, do not go nearly far enough to protect our children.

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Eddie Bauer (Gold Inc)  – October 7, 2008
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Goldbug  – September 26, 2008
LOW
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Creativity for Kids  – August 1, 2008
NONE
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Especially for Baby  – August 25, 2008
LOW
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Jeep  – September 26, 2008
LOW
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Fisher-Price  – August 12, 2008
LOW
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Alex  – July 31, 2008
NONE
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Melissa & Doug  – July 21, 2008
LOW
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Melissa & Doug  – July 21, 2008
LOW
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Magnetix  – August 18, 2008
HIGH
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Creativity for Kids  – August 1, 2008
LOW
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Alex  – July 31, 2008
HIGH
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Especially for Baby  – August 22, 2008
LOW
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Hot Wheels  – September 23, 2008
MED
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Playmobil  – August 6, 2008
LOW
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