Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Announces That New York’s Toy Recall Law Has Gone into Effect

March 17, 2009

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef announced that legislation concerning New York’s toy recall has taken effect. This new law, the Children’s Product Safety and Recall Effectiveness Act of 2008, requires manufacturers and retailers to provide better safety and recall information to consumers.

“Regulation is very important to stop defective toys from reaching the shelves and homes of our families,” Galef said. “The old voluntary system was not an effective way to prevent these harmful toys from reaching the hands of our children. This new law mandates that manufacturers alert the public, and that stores selling recalled products will post notices alerting their customers about any recalls.”

The Children’s Product Safety and Recall Effectiveness Act of 2008 will require manufacturers to provide better safety and recall information by:

  • Requiring the manufacturers of baby products such as cribs, car seats, high chairs, and playpens to include a “product safety owner card” with their product at the time of sale.
  • Requiring certain children’s products to have a label listing the manufacturer and importer and lot/batch information where applicable.
  • Mandating manufacturers and importers of children’s products to notify consumers, distributors, retailers, the state attorney general, and the Consumer Protection Board (CPB) of any recalls or warnings.
  • Once a recall is initiated, requiring manufacturers and retailers to remove the product from shelves and websites, alerting the initial purchaser about the product, if possible, and posting recall notices in a conspicuous place.
  • Authorizing the CPB and the attorney general to enforce these requirements and impose civil penalties.

“This new labeling and notification system will help customers know if the product they bought is defective so it can be returned or discarded. The products we buy for our children are supposed to be safe. Toys are supposed to be fun and educational. This law will ensure that dangerous toys are kept off the shelves and parents are alerted to recalls for toys already in homes, so that these flawed items are out of the hands of our children,” concluded Galef.