Small toymakers fighting testing for lead, other hazards


Toymakers are upset over a federal law that takes effect Feb. 10 requiring strict testing for lead and other hazards in toys or anything aimed at children, according to BusinessWeek.

They're rallying for changes that would exempt small businesses, saying that the statute, the Consumer Product Safety Consumer Act, would put them out of business.

I'm all for small businesses thriving, and I can understand their point, but as a parent of a 4-year-old daughter, I prefer that all toys be tested for lead and other hazards. Even something coming from a mom-and-pop store. Granted, the majority of toy recalls are probably from big, far-away companies, but when it comes to a child's safety, no one should be exempt.