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Lead Paint in Toys - Recalls & Safety Fact Sheet

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Lead & Your Child's Health

• Babies and young children often put their hands and other objects in their mouths that may have lead dust on them.

• Children's growing bodies absorb more lead than adults, possibly leading to brain and nervous system damage.

• Other dangers posed by lead include behavioral problems (such as hyperactivity), slowed growth, hearing problems and headaches.

What parents need to know:

The U.S. and Chinese governments are working together to stop the use of lead paints in toys and products made in China for use in the United States.

The Toy Industry Association (TIA) is also helping lead the way in encouraging toy brands and retailers to go the extra mile by doubling-up their testing standards to ensure toy safety and rebuild trust with American families.

What concerned parents should do before buying toys

  • Check out the US Consumer Product Safety Commission internet website for information on recent recalls and product information and to report unsafe products.

  • Research where toys are being manufactured

  • Register products for timely information on potential recalls

  • Wipe toys with antibacterial soap or a mild dishwashing detergent and hot water often.

  • Buy toys that are recommended specifically for a child's age range

  • Be creative and research the many earth friendly, educational, non-toxic, kid safe toys available either online or at your local toy stores.

  • Supervise children as they use and play with their toys.

  • Inspect toys regularly, to see if they are damaged, broken, or have any chipped and/or peeling material.

More about toy recalls around the Web:


Recalls.gov

TDMonthly - Toy Recalls


Toy Guru Toy & Game ReviewsAbout the Author: The "Toy Guru" is Odette Cabrera, a mother of two with a background in education and child development, and a very personal interest in toys that are fun, challenging and educational.


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