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‘Counterfeits are out there’: Watch out for fakes of hot toys this holiday season, consumer advocacy group warns

San Francisco (KGO)-I’ve heard about supply chain issues that lead to a shortage of many products. This includes children’s toys. There are concerns that counterfeit products may increase in the market as we head for the holidays.

The consumer group is the annual “Toyland trouble“Thursday report.

Toys are much safer these days, but they can’t be relaxed, according to the California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG).

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One of the issues this year is a fake version of an out-of-stock item.

I saw a ship stuck in the harbor. An empty shelf in the store.

Toy makers say they shop early because many toys are out of stock … this could pave the way for more fakes.

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CALPIRG’s Sander Kusher states that counterfeiters typically utilize their parents during the holiday shopping season.

“The number of counterfeit products continues to grow due to these supply chain issues,” he says.

“Not all counterfeit products are dangerous, but they should raise parental concerns,” he says.

Fake toys may look real, but they may be poorly made and do not comply with our strict toy safety standards.

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They may break or contain small parts that pose a risk of choking, or they may contain toxic chemicals and lead.

“We shop online and shop fast, so we need to be aware that counterfeit goods are there,” says Kusher.

According to Kusher, most counterfeits are sold online and are difficult to detect.

“It can be difficult to find a counterfeit, but there are some tips,” says Kusher.

  • First, check who sells toys on the internet marketplace, then check their website and reviews.
  • Beware of ads on social media platforms
  • Look for misspellings and grammatical mistakes in ads
  • Avoid toys that are much cheaper than the toy maker’s price
  • Just in case, try buying directly from the toy maker’s website

Read the entire CALPIRG report here..

Please read the Toy Association statement regarding the USPIRG2021 trouble in the Toyland report below.

The US PIRG report does not mention that US toy safety requirements are one of the most stringent in the world. All toys sold in the United States must comply with strict safety standards and laws, regardless of where they are manufactured.

These safety requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • A highly effective small component regulation that has been internationally adopted, reviewed many times by doctors and other professionals, and found to be adequately protected.
  • Long-standing federal law requiring inaccessible toy batteries for toddlers
  • Strict standards prohibiting the use of strong magnets in toy parts that are small enough to swallow
  • Internationally emulated limits on noise level output (not properly applied by PIRG in the analysis of toy noise levels)

The misleading information in the PIRG report is:

  • It contains many items that have been voluntarily collected or discontinued by the company and are no longer available for purchase from authorized sellers. The toy industry has an amazing record of producing safe products. Typically, only 0.003 percent of the 3 billion toys sold each year in the United States are recalled. Nevertheless, the recall remains an important safety net that is part of a robust system designed to keep children safe.
  • The inclusion of several non-toy items undermines the deep and ongoing commitment to safety in the toy industry. Items other than these toys include adult magnets, latex balloons, game consoles, and batteries found in household items, all of which are not subject to the same rigorous standards as toys.
  • A misleading claim about the safety of toys connected to the Internet, naming product issues dating back a few years. Examples include discontinued and non-toy products. It also does not emphasize the current FTC guidance that covers Internet-connected children’s products under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which includes provisions governing both privacy and data security.

The Toy Association agrees that counterfeit toys lurking online may not be safe and should be avoided. The Toy Association continues to encourage parents to shop only from reputable brands and sellers, both in stores and online, that comply with over 100 legally mandated safety standards and tests. increase.

Parents are also advised to check and follow the age grade of the toy package. Toys labeled 3+ may contain small parts that can choke children under the age of three. Parents need to use a federal-approved small parts tester (available online) to test small objects found around their homes- No Toilet paper roll (as PIRG suggests). Also, if there is no age label on the packaging or online description, it is not a legitimate toy (or a product for children under the age of 12) and should not be given to children.

Safety is a top priority in the toy industry. For more safety tips, please visit: www.PlaySafe.org..

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