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Phthalate levels in kids' toys reduced for safety

According to a recent statement released by the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), adverse incidents with products cause not just property damage but injuries and deaths to American consumers. They also carry a hefty price tag of over $1 trillion a year.

In an ongoing attempt to make kids' child care items and toys even safer, the CPSC voted last month to issue their final ruling on the phthalate levels allowed in those products. Following the 3 to 2 vote held on October 18, the Commission's final ruling on the matter prohibits child care items and toys for kids from containing over .1 percent of five phthalate chemicals. Their ruling goes into effect 180 days after it is published in the Federal Register.

The chemicals in question are what make plastics and vinyl pliable and soft. However, kids who ingest specific phthalates can experience harmful effects. The CPSC is following recommendations from the Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (CHAP). This panel studied health repercussions of phthalate exposure in children and discovered that there are five different phthalates that adversely affect the development of boy's reproductive organs, namely:

  1. di-n-pentyl phthalate (DPENP)
  2. diisononyl phthalate (DINP)
  3. diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)
  4. dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP)
  5. di-n-hexyl phthalate (DHEXP)

With the passage of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), legislators issued permanent bans on three other chemicals that contain a concentration of more than .1 percent of these three phthalates:

  1. di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
  2. benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP)
  3. dibutyl phthalate (DBP)

This latest ruling follows the interim ban on "children's toys that can be placed in a child's mouth and child care articles" that contain higher concentrations of diisodecyl (DIDP), di-n-octyl (DNOP) and diisononyl phthalate (DINP).

Without the efforts of the agencies and individuals tasked with protecting consumers from hazardous products, more children would suffer ill effects from phthalate exposures.

If you or a family member suffered ill health or adverse effects from a defective or dangerous product, you may be able to pursue financial compensation for your damages.

Source: United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, "CPSC Prohibits Certain Phthalates in Children’s Toys and Child Care Products," Oct. 20, 2017

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