We have blogged and reported extensively on the subject of recalled toys here at US Recall News, and have directed most of our frustration at the companies importing the defective toys, and the Chinese government for being so relaxed on their regulations.
As for our own government, we generally are glad to see that they are catching these things, although like most consumers we would like it to happen BEFORE the toys are purchased and given to children. However, then we learned about this:
Some recent letters were made public in advance of two days of hearings scheduled by the subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce starting Wednesday. These letters, put out by companies involved in the importation of lead-contaminated toys (now recalled), state that it takes the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) a month or more to announce a recall after the company has notified them of the problem.
Manager of Spandrel Sales and Marketing of Tempe, Arizona, Kevin Dumphy stated that he tested children’s necklaces, bracelets and rings that his company had imported from China. Upon finding out that there were high amounts of toxic metal (lead) in the childrens’ jewelry, Mr. Spandrel contacted the CPSC, which announced a recall…
Six Weeks Later!
Read the rest of this story at the Chicago Tribune.
Let this be an open request to any company that wants to inform consumers of potential dangers while waiting for the US Government to wade through the red tape involved – Send Us an Email. Commend. Use the Contact Form. Do whatever you need to do, but get the information to us so we can provide it to our readers. A month and half is a long time for a toddler to be sucking on a lead-tainted bracelet from some cheap gumball machine.