Toys R Us setting higher safety standards
As of March 1st, toy retail giant Toys R Us is setting a tighter standard on the amount of lead allowed in toys made exclusively for the chain.
The company also said by the end of 2008 all infant products sold at Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores in the U.S. are prohibited from containing phthalates or chemicals that have been linked to possible reproductive problems and birth defects. In an environmental move, the retailer has also told its manufacturers to "immediately take steps" to eliminate the use of nickel-cadmium batteries from all items manufactured exclusively for the company.
"We continue to look for ways to raise the bar on product safety," said Toys "R" Us CEO Jerry Storch. "As such, we have made it very clear to manufacturers that we need not wait for the finalization of the much-needed tighter federal standards that are currently pending in welcome legislation before the U.S. Congress."
These statements come a mere week before the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) makes its announcements on new stricter government toy safety guidelines for both toy makers and retailers, so it's unlikely they were made solely out of concern for children, though.
Last year more than 25 million toys were recalled due to lead paint hazards and defective designs.