New lead toy law to protect children

By Layron Livingston - bio - email

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

A new law designed to protect your children will take effect next month. On February 10th, all products sold for children 12 and under need to be tested for lead.

While the consumer product safety commission calls it a move toward safety others call it an invasion. Some business owners are shaking their heads.

For moms like Michelle Lambert consignment and kids go hand-in-hand.

"You're kids grow out of clothes so fast. So sometimes it's good to get a bargain," said Lambert.

How long will it last?

Dana Smith says she's owned The Treehouse in Longview, for 23 years.

"If something is recalled, we pull it just like it was in our own home," said Dana Smith.

She says this new law leaves too many questions unanswered.

"We want to do what's right for our consumers, but we also want to stay in business," said Dana Smith.

By February, nothing can be sold for kids with 600 parts per million total lead. The limit drops to half that in August. It is a response to past recalls of unsafe children's products, the wide seeping law includes everything from clothing and toys to furniture, things Mary Cowan and Goodwill sell in their Tyler store everyday.

"It would be cost prohibitive for us to test each and every donated item," said Cowan. "If we weren't able to sell children's clothing, that would have a huge impact on families that rely on Goodwill."

Not to mention re-sale shoppers.

"It's just ludicrous. It is totally ludicrous," said Brenda Nipper, a Longview shopper.

"It should go back to the manufacturer," said Debra Smith, a shopper.

Resellers are not required to certify that products made after February 10th meet the new standards. The consumer product safety commission says that's up to manufacturers and in a statement, the commission says resellers will not have to test products in inventory, but cannot sell items which exceed the lead limit.

"This is our livelihood. This is all I know," said Dana Smith.

Dana's hope is to keep doing what she does both  safely and soundly.

The consumer product safety commission is also considering a proposal exempting certain products made from natural wood and other natural fibers. It's not known when that decision will be made.