CPSC Joined by Canadian, Mexican Agencies to Support Safe Holiday Purchases

CPSC Joined by Canadian, Mexican Agencies to Support Safe Holiday Purchases
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November 20, 2015

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is partnering with Health Canada and Mexico's Consumer Protection Federal Agency (PROFECO) to help consumers shop with confidence this holiday season. The three agencies are holding their Third North America Consumer Product Safety Summit in Mexico City this week.

Collaboration among the regulators has taken place through joint industry trainings, consumer outreach and education, and three trilateral recall announcements of harmful toys and children's products. Additional efforts have included joint oversight of product supply chains and timely responses to emerging product hazards.

"As we approach the holiday season, our three jurisdictions are working as one to protect children in all three nations from harmful toys," CPSC Chairman Elliot F. Kaye said in a written statement. "Despite our real advances in toy safety, we are still finding too many violative toys at our borders. All consumers, regardless of which of our three nations they come from, deserve us working together to protect them. This is why working toward seamless surveillance across North American borders is a critical part of our collaboration with Health Canada and PROFECO."

The coalition released some safety tips for consumers to keep in mind this holiday season:

  • Magnets – Children's magnetic toys are covered by a strong safety standard that aims to prevent magnets from being swallowed. High-powered magnet sets that have small magnets are dangerous and should be kept away from children. Whether marketed for children or adults, building and play sets with small magnets should also be kept away from small children.
  • Balloons - Children can choke or suffocate on deflated or broken balloons. Children can also be strangled by a balloon string. Keep deflated balloons away from children younger than 8 years old. Discard torn balloons immediately.
  • Small balls and other toys with small parts - For children younger than age 3, avoid toys with small parts, which can cause choking.
  • Scooters and other riding toys - Riding toys, skateboards and in-line skates go fast, and falls could be deadly. Helmets and other safety gear should be worn properly at all times, and they should be sized to fit. Avoid riding scooters on streets or roadways.