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Toys Are Safer This Holiday Season, Due to Stronger Safety Rules


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ACCORDING TO JUST-RELEASED FIGURES FROM THE U-S CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION, OVER 181-THOUSAND CHILDREN UNDER 15 YEARS OF AGE WERE TREATED IN U-S HOSPITAL EMERGENCY-DEPARTMENTS, LAST YEAR, DUE TO TOY-RELATED INJURIES.  AND, REPORTED TOY-RELATED DEATHS TO CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN 15 INCREASED, TO 17, IN 2010--COMPARED WITH 15, IN 2009.  NEARLY HALF OF THESE TOY-RELATED FATALITIES WERE ATTRIBUTED TO CHOKING ON BALLOONS, SMALL BALLS, AND RUBBER BALLS.  AS WE HEAD INTO THE HOLIDAY-SEASON, C-P-S-C CHAIRMAN, INEZ [LONG "I"; AS IN "EYE"] TENENBAUM [AS IN "TENANT" AND "TANNENBAUM"], SAYS THAT--WHILE SAFETY SHOULD BE AT THE TOP OF EVERYONE'S TOY-LIST--STRONGER FEDERAL-RULES ARE MAKING A POSITIVE IMPACT...

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PARENTS CAN SHOP--AND CHILDREN CAN PLAY--WITH CONFIDENCE, THIS HOLIDAY-SEASON:  THE C-P-S-C HAS PUT IN PLACE THE STRONGEST LEAD-LIMITS IN THE WORLD; HAS MADE ALL TOY-STANDARDS MANDATORY; AND IS REQUIRING INDEPENDENT, THIRD-PARTY TOY-TESTING.  STRONG TOY-STANDARDS SUPPORT THE PRODUCTION OF SAFER TOYS IN THE MARKETPLACE--AND SAFER TOYS HAVE LED TO A CONTINUED DECLINE IN RECALLS, SINCE 2008:  THERE WERE 34 TOY-RECALLS, IN FISCAL YEAR 2011.  THAT'S DOWN FROM 46 TOY-RECALLS, IN FISCAL YEAR 2010; 50 RECALLS, IN 2009; AND 172 RECALLS, IN 2008.  IN 2011, TOY-RECALLS RELATED TO LEAD CONTINUE TO BE LOW, AT FOUR--DOWN FROM 19, IN 2008.  HOWEVER, PARENTS AND TOY-SHOPPERS ALWAYS NEED TO BE VIGILANT, BY CHOOSING AGE-APPROPRIATE TOYS--AND BY KEEPING SMALL PARTS, BALLS, AND BALLOONS OUT OF THE HANDS OF YOUNG CHILDREN."

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT "C-P-S-C"-DOT-GOV.



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