Understanding toy safety standards per the CPSIA
If diamonds are a girl’s best friends, then it is probably safe to say that toys are children’s best friends. And as many people in Tampa may agree, this statement holds true from children well into their teenage years. For those children’s safety, it is important that a toy is safe because dangerous children’s toys have been known to cause injuries among children, which can have some very long-term consequences.
In order to ensure the safety of children, United States Consumer Product Safety Commission provides guidelines, which all toys intended for use by children 14 years of age and under must comply with. The standards recommended by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 refer to the consumer safety standards contained in ASTM F963-17 and released by the American Society for Testing and Materials.
ASTM F963-17, The Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety, is a comprehensive standard that takes into consideration a number of hazards that dangerous children’s toys can pose. Earlier versions of the ASTM F963-17 were a mutual consensus among the government, toy manufacturers and consumers. However, with the implementation of the CPSIA in 2008, the standards promulgated by the ASTM became a nationwide law.
According to the law, all manufacturers and importers of toys must comply with the act. In order to test the products, the manufacturer or importer must contact a laboratory that is accredited to the CPSC. A toy can only be released in the market once it is certified as safe by an authorized testing laboratory. The laws are more stringent for those toys, which are meant for children under 12 years’ age. Such toys must acquire a Children’s Product Certificate before its present in the market.
In spite of the various safety measures taken by the government to make sure that children are safe while paying with their toys, the odd incident of an injury caused by a toy is not unheard of. Therefore, for accidents and injuries resulting from toys, it may be wise decision to file a product liability compensation claim, which can address the unwarranted medical expenses resulting from an injury caused by dangerous children’s toys.
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