11:00 - 11:30am EST
On Nov. 17, we are releasing our 37th annual Trouble in Toyland report. Author Teresa Murray, Consumer Watchdog at U.S. PIRG Education Fund, will be joined by:
Alex Hoehn-Saric, chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission;
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (CT); member of the Senate Commerce Committee, which works on toy safety issues;
Dr. Jerri Rose, an emergency medicine pediatrician at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland;
Joan Lawrence, senior vice president of standards and regulatory affairs for The Toy Association; and
Dev Gowda, assistant executive director of Kids In Danger.
Over the past 36 years, the Trouble in Toyland report has looked at trends to determine the potential dangers facing our children each holiday season. This year, we focused on recalled toys that can still be purchased – brand new – weeks or months or years after they were declared dangerous; the role of parents and caregivers in spotting risks; and counterfeit toys that continue to infiltrate retailers’ shelves and online platforms, with many coming in from overseas. Counterfeit toys don’t necessarily meet mandatory U.S. safety standards.