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New Law Targets Unsafe Toys

July 11, 2008

By New Haven Register, Conn.

Jul. 11–Beginning this fall, the state will implement stricter standards aimed at improving the safety of children’s products sold in Connecticut.

A new law slated to take effect Oct. 1, which was signed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell Thursday, requires the state to compile a list of children’s toys and products that contain hazardous substances, including lead, and post the list online at the state Department of Consumer Protection’s Web site, www.ct.gov/dcp.

Under the bill, state officials also will develop a “certificate of disposition” for retailers and wholesalers, intended to keep track of any c h i l d r e n ‘ s products that are subject to recalls.

” T h i s l a w will allow the state to monitor the level of toxicity in toys and place w a r n i n g s w h e r e t h e y might be due. Many people a r e a m a z e d to learn that there is still lead in many of the toys that we as parents are buying for our children,” Rell said in a written statement. “While parents throughout Connecticut have become increasingly vigilant in their efforts to safeguard their children from toys containing hazardous substances, it is time we made their lives easier by better disseminating crucial information at the point of retail sale.”

The state Department of Consumer Protection has warned consumers about several recalls of children’s products in recent months, including 14 recalls in the past three months.

Most recently, on Wednesday, the department announced its inspectors are visiting retail stores throughout the state in search of two children’s beds, both manufactured in China, that are subject to a national U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall because they pose strangulation dangers.

The products — LaJolla Boats Beds and Pirates of the Caribbean Twin Trundle Beds — were sold nationwide in Costco stores, on Costco’s Web site and in various furniture stores for between $700 and $1,400. They were sold between January 2006 and May, according to the Department of Consumer Protection.

For an updated list of nationwide recalls, the department suggests consumers visit www. recalls.gov.

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