Recalls – Consumers Union on Lead IConsumers Union, MagazineAre Helping Out Parents
Posted Aug 26 2008 5:02pm
This is Part I of a three-part series on lead in toys. Parts II and III are an exclusive Q&A with Consumers Union.
This holiday season, American parents have more reasons to be stressed out than ever before. Besides ever-increasing signs of turmoil in the housing markets and economy, parents have to stop and wonder before every purchase: Does this toy have lead or some other toxic compound in it?
We have been reassured by industry apologists not to worry, American firms would never sell us toys and other products that are dangerous to us or our children. But let’s face it, we all know that caveat emptor – Let the Buyer Beware – is key to protecting our families.
As scary as the world suddenly seems to any parent watching their child sucking on a plastic block or car key, there are people on our side. Take Consumers Union, which has been fighting to keep dangerous products off the market for 71 years. The very first issue of CU’s magazine, Consumer Reports, had an article on the dangers of lead in toys.