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December 9, 2014

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Patti Becker

I've been asked, "How can parents KNOW if their kids' toys are safe?" How would YOU answer that question? THANKS! If you're reading this, please comment!
PBecker@BeckerAssoc.com

Mike Grant

1 in 3 unsafe toys from Dollar Tree is criminal, and that company should bear the cost of toy testing for smaller, ethical companies still struggling with the costs created by bad products from big players.
For an higher correlation, compare the unsafe toys on this list with country of origin. A quick skim of the report you site does not list this important information, but I would wager that China accounts for nearly every violation.

John Herbert

This issue is not new to the toy industry. You will always have retailers that are chasing price points and volume and these retailers will always want to buy junk toys. The industry needs to get tough on those retailers that continually bypass toys that are made to a standard. Certainly a massive campaign led by the TIA needs to happen to bring about change.

John Brady

We've all seen these lists, and from time to time responsible challenges have been mounted to raise the validity of the allegations up for closer scrutiny -- ranging from an analysis of the methodology the consumer group uses, the effectiveness and reliability of the equipment used to test these so-called "dangerous toys", the agenda of the group that purports to being qualified to test the toys, and their motives behind making these allegations.
In the not-so-distant past I was running a company whose product was cited by one of these concerned citizen groups. Instead of ignoring the report or refuting their claims, I decided I'd work with the group to get to the science behind their critiques and, if possible, to collaborate with them to improve the "questionable'product, which I should mention exceeded all US safety regulations. It's only fault was that it didn't meet the standards of this testing group.
The outcome? The group was happy to condemn our product, but when asked what they thought we might do better, they drew a blank. It seems they'd never considered that a part of their purpose in serving the public good might actually be to help make the product safer by offering actionable suggestions for improvement.
Instead they came away from the discussion drawing the conclusion that they'd have to increase their efforts to get CPSC regulations changed so that our product was no longer officially deemed safe, and to force it off the market.

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