What you need to know about the CPSIA safety standards for toys

What you need to know about the CPSIA safety standards for toys

As a parent, one of your top concerns is your child’s safety. But with so much information out there, it can be hard to keep track of what you really need to know! Take the CPSIA, for example. You might know it has something to do with safety, but what exactly? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. 

What is the CPSIA?

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) ensures that products are safe before they are sold to the public. In 2008, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) was passed to clarify the standards for children’s items. 

The CPSIA lays out requirements for ensuring that children’s products are safe. Pretty much anything geared toward kids under 12 needs to meet the CPSIA’s guidelines before it can be sold. 

CPSIA standards

The rules require that products are tested by CPSC-approved, third party testing sites. Once tested, they need to be issued a certificate stating that they have passed. You should look for this certification when you buy new toys and ask the manufacturer for information if you don’t see it.

Testing sites check for the presence of harmful chemicals like lead and phthalates. They also make sure that items are safe for children. Now, this doesn’t mean that there will be no lead in the items. The safety standards set a low limit (300 ppm) for lead that can be present.

And for phthalates, currently there are six that are monitored. There cannot be more than 0.1 of them in toys that a child might place in their mouths.

For certain items, called “durable nursery products,” a registration certificate is issued to make information about potential recalls easier to share with consumers. These are items like cribs and strollers. If an item you purchase comes with a registration card, be sure to fill that out! 

A note on used products: if you receive hand-me-down items or purchase things second hand, make sure you check for recalls before allowing your child to use the toy. You can usually check with the manufacturer online, even for older items.

How do I know my child’s toys are safe?

At Cassarokids we take safety seriously. All our pieces are tested by independent third party labs to verify they are free from harmful chemicals and have been issued a certificate of compliance for CPSIA. 

Our playthings are also responsibly manufactured so your child is free to play safely, and you can rest easy knowing that the wood we use supports regenerative lumber practices. 

Browse our shop to find safe, high quality climbers, learning towers, and more!

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