The U.S. Toy Industry Association is advising consumers to disregard reports from so-called watchdog organizations, such as World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H.), and Public Interest Research Group (PIRG).
Both groups are U.S.-based non-governmental organizations who are known for their annual holiday-season reports alleging harmful and unsafe toys in the North American market.
Describing the reports as “misleading” and “fear-mongering”, the TIA’s President Steve Pasierb issued a rebuttal saying, “These reports are not backed up with credible, scientific data, and instead needlessly frighten families during an otherwise joyful time of year. In fact, all toys sold in the U.S. [and Canada] are highly regulated 365 days a year by the federal government and must meet more than 100 safety requirements.”
Pasierb went on to say the TIA had recently completed a thorough analysis of both W.A.T.C.H.’s and PIRG’s 2015 reports. “The analysis revealed that the data provided by these groups is unreliable and consistently fails to support their allegations that the listed toys present any danger to children at play,” said Pasierb.
He added, “W.A.T.C.H. does not test any of the toys it claims are unsafe. Their allegations are based on pure conjecture and opinion. And PIRG also failed to use proper toy testing methods.”
Pasierb pointed out that none of the toys that PIRG and W.A.T.C.H. named in their reports had been recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the federal agency charged with overseeing toy safety, as a result of their allegations.
He finished by saying, “Unfortunately, groups like PIRG and W.A.T.C.H. do nothing to advance toy safety and are not serving the interests and well-being of children and their families.”
For more information, contact the U.S. Toy Industry Association.