President’s Letter -- November 9, 2010: Taking on
False Accusations During “Toy Hunting Season”
As we know, November and December have come to be known as “Toy
Hunting Season” … unfortunately not for the right
Every year at this time, self-appointed consumer advocate groups try
to generate publicity for their organizations by making irresponsible
claims about safety hazards related to toys they have selected.
These claims are typically groundless and needlessly scare parents about
the safety of toys that have been thoroughly tested and meet all of the
stringent toy safety standards.
This year the claims have been expanded by a newly created advocacy
group to include a campaign against toys made with PVC. PVC has
been used safely for many decades. Neither the U.S. federal nor
state governments have ever identified PVC as a toxic substance or a
chemical of concern. Specious and unsubstantiated claims by this
new group about PVC are a reprehensible attempt to create unwarranted
hysteria and doubt about the safety of toys.
TIA has for many years placed itself at the front lines during toy
hunting season. We position our staff at media events in order to
respond to false accusations with verified facts, and we commit
ourselves to setting the record straight. Any toy company that finds
itself the target of one of these malevolent campaigns can call upon TIA
and its resources for help.
Our industry created toy safety standards. We work hard to be
sure no child is exposed to hazards related to toys. When
unanticipated problems arise, we move quickly to make kids safe. For
that, we deserve a pat on the back, not a punch in the
We do our best to act responsibly. The consumer advocacy groups
should do the same.