When it comes to toy safety, I believe that the CPSC, industry players and consumers all need to recognize their responsibilities to assure that our children are protected from unreasonable risks. In this holiday season, this is a message we should all take to heart.
As an agency we must be disciplined enough to stay focused on the real risks that children face, even though we have pressure from the other quarters to redirect scarce safety resources to whatever is the “crisis de jour.” Industry must continually be assessing both their product design and production processes to assure that any problems are caught before a toy goes to market. And consumers must share the responsibility for safety by following instructions and labels, by supervising children at play and by making sure that toys are being used properly and as intended. The statistics tell us we all have work to do. Our new year’s resolution should be to get that work done.