The Washington Toxics Coalition offers these tips for selecting safe toys:
- For the safest toys avoid vinyl, often used to make dolls, action figures, and bath toys, because it may contain lead and phthalates. Higher levels of lead and other heavy metals have also been found in toy jewelry, cars, and trucks with metal parts and painted wooden toys. Current federal regulations restrict overall lead content and have reduced the amount allowed in surface coatings such as paint.
- Check out the independently tested toys at HealthyStuff.org.
- Order from companies that emphasize healthy toys such as Rosie Hippo and Planet Happy Kids.
In addition, keep up on toy recalls. See www.cpsc.gov.
Copyright 2010, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist