Collection of resources on toy recalls, safety tips and policy statements about improved regulation

Toxic metals and chemicals do not belong in children's toys. Collected here are recent on-line resources, reports, media coverage and policy advocacy about the problems created by many recent toy recalls and how individuals, organizations and governments are responding.

We cannot shop our way out of this problem and better regulation is necessary. In Canada, the Hazardous Products Act addresses the issue of toy safety to a very limited extent and this law has not been reviewed in nearly fifty years. Canadians were told in early 2008 that the federal government has placed a high priority on reviewing this law - we are still waiting. In the meantime, the resources in this collection provide information for parents and the public on this issue and can assist with making safer purchases.

On-line Resources, Reports, Fact Sheets

  1. 2010
  2. October 2010
    Web page
  3. 2010
    Web page
  4. November 2009
    Web page, Article
  5. August 2009
  6. August 2009
  7. 2009
    Web page
  8. November 25, 2008
  9. November 25, 2008
    Fact Sheet
  10. 2008
  11. September 18, 2008
  12. 2008
    Web page
  13. March 2008
    Fact Sheet
  14. 2008
    Web page, Video
  15. February 13, 2008
    Response to Consultation, Report
  16. 2007
    Web page
  17. 2007
  18. 2007
    Web page
  19. 2007
    Web page
  20. November 2007
  21. 2007
    Web page
  22. November 2007
  23. September 2007
    Summary, Article
  24. 2007
    Web page
  25. 2006
    Web page
  26. 2006
  27. October 2005

Toys in the News

May 19, 2010

Review by Erica Phipps published in Children, Youth and Environments Vol. 20 No. 1 (Spring 2010)

ISSN: 1546-2250 Slow Death by Rubber Duck Smith, Rick and Lourie, Bruce (2009). Canada: Alfred A. Knopf Canada; 323 pages. $32.00 (CAN). ISBN 9780307397126.

Dec 12, 2007
Hazardous toys are still sold in stores across the country, according to the 22nd annual toy safety survey released today by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG).
Oct 24, 2007
The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, and the Honourable Christian Paradis, Secretary of State (Agriculture) today launched a user-friendly and centralized Web site database at which will allow Canadians to search recalled food and children's products that are unsafe or unhealthy.
Oct 15, 2007
News Release from Environment California
Sep 06, 2007

Advice to Parents prepared by the Canadian Environmental Law Association

Aug 13, 2007
Mattel has recalled 1.5 million Chinese-made Fisher-Price brand toys due to lead poisoning hazard.