Attorney General Gansler Cautions Consumers about
Potentially Hazardous Toys
Gansler participates in Maryland PIRG’s annual
press conference to
Baltimore, MD (November 25, 2008)- Maryland Attorney General
Douglas F. Gansler today discussed toy safety and advised
be vigilant when it comes
to inspecting and purchasing toys at Maryland PIRG’s annual press conference.
Maryland PIRG is a public advocacy organization that focuses on consumer issues,
health concerns, transportation needs, educational needs, and citizen activism.
Maryland PIRG released its 23rd annual toy safety report, which has led to corrective
action on more than 130 toys over the last two decades.
“As holiday season approaches, consumers need to be aware
of potential toy hazards and pay special attention to product recalls
relating to toys and children’s products,” states Attorney
General Gansler. “Parents should read the safety guidelines
for purchasing toys for small children and be aware that there
are toys currently on store shelves that pose potential safety
In addition to discussing
its annual toy safety report, Maryland PIRG and Attorney General
Gansler discussed the work of the Consumer
Product Safety Commission and the new federal law that allows Attorneys
General to enforce certain federal consumer protection laws. The
new law bans lead and phthalates in toys and children’s products,
and made several voluntary standards mandatory for toys and durable
"Congress took important steps to address the serious health
risks that lead poses to children, yet consumers may still find
lead-laden children’s jewelry and lead painted toys on Maryland
store shelves until the protections take effect next year," states
Attorney General Gansler.
The Office of the Attorney General offers a wide variety of resources
to the consumer, including an easily accessible link to recalled
products across the country, and consumers should check the site
located at www.oag.state.md.us/Consumer/recalls/index.htm periodically
for updated information. The annual toy safety report issued by
Maryland PIRG may be found at www.marylandpirg.org.