According to an article in the New York Times, manufacturers of toys and other children's products are making a last-ditch effort to quash new safety regulations that they say are unfair or too onerous by taking advantage of a republican congress. Among their primary targets is a new public database, operated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and scheduled to go online in three weeks, that would allow the public to search for injury reports on products like cribs and strollers.
The United States Public Interest Research Group recently released their report on the safety level of toys and other children's products. Noting progress, not perfection, the organization found a small fraction of children's toys tested for toxic substances and choking risks to still be in violation of federal safety regulations. PIRG credited a 2008 federal law that imposed stronger regulations and standards on these products to help make them safer. In their 25th annual "Trouble in Toyland" report on hazardous playthings, the group focused on lead or other metal tainted toys, soft plastic toys that contain chemicals harmful to children -- in particular, phthalates -- and toys with small parts that can be choking hazard for young children.