While recent events have caused toy safety to become a major national issue, the safety of the toys we sell has been an important concern for our business for over 30 years. We continually evaluate the toys we sell using a number of criteria, with toy safety being the most important factor in this evaluation process.
We want our customers to feel comfortable about their toy purchases from Growing Tree Toys. We take customers’ concerns very seriously – the safety of the child receiving a toy from us is important to us, and we want to sell only the best, safest educational toys available.
We will continually add to our toy safety section, providing as much relevant and up-to-date information about toy safety and the toys we sell. We hope that you find this Toy Safety section a valuable resource, and if you ever have any questions, please contact us directly.
Toy Safety FAQs
Growing Tree Toys is happy to answer some of the most commonly asked questions regarding Toy Safety. Please refer to the questions and their answers listed below, and please contact us if you have any further questions or concerns.
In order to determine whether or not a toy you purchased has been recalled, you will need to check the US Consumer Product Safety Commission website at www.cpsc.gov to see if any toy you own is listed as recalled. At the site, you can check all recent recalls, recalls by company, or recalls for toys. If you purchased a recalled toy during the time outlined on the site, you should follow the instructions provided on the recall notice to send back the toy to the manufacturer; or, you can dispose of the toy.
If you have a question regarding the recall notice, or if the toy you purchased is a part of the recall, you can always call the toy’s manufacturer or the retailer from which you purchased the item, and they should be able to provide you with further information.
All toys sold in the United States must meet certain safety standards set forth by the US Government before they are available to the public, and manufacturers test their products rigorously to ensure that these safety standards are met. Unfortunately, as product recalls suggest, sometimes toys are not as safe as they were initially determined to be.
When purchasing toys, you should use your best judgment to determine if you feel comfortable purchasing a toy for your child. Adults must consider a number of factors when purchasing a toy for a child, such as age appropriateness, the durability of the toy, the presence of younger children in the home, the quality of the toy, the complexity in design of the toy, the child’s interest or potential interest in the toy, and the expense of the toy. Additionally, parents should trust both the manufacturer that makes the toy, as well as the retailer from which they are purchasing the toy.
Growing Tree Toys dedicates a great deal of time to searching for new products and manufacturers, as well as reviewing both current and new toys prior to selling them to consumers. As a specialty retailer, we have the opportunity to work with many wonderful manufacturers, and we only purchase from manufacturers that are committed to providing high quality products that meet the highest standards for safety.
We are in daily contact with manufacturers regarding their products and the safety of their toys, and we feel confident that the toys we sell both at our retail location and at www.growingtreetoys.com meet and exceed the safety standards set forth by the US Government. Many of our manufacturers, since they are smaller in size and offer a limited number of products, are more intimately involved in the production process of their toys. Many of these manufacturers either travel to the production facilities frequently or have employees that live in the area of their factory, thus ensuring a higher level of quality and safety for their products.
Our manufacturers have reassured us of the safety of their toys, both personally and through formal letters, which makes us feel even more confident about our product selection and toy safety. But, if you ever have any questions, safety or otherwise, regarding a product that we sell, please do not hesitate to contact us at 800-372-9982 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lastly, all products sold by Growing Tree Toys are labeled by the manufacturer if the product poses a choking hazard for a certain age group of children. Each manufacturer determines choking hazards according to Federal Standards. Please consider any choking hazards and recommended ages when purchasing toys for children.
Growing Tree Toys purchases toys that are manufactured all over the world. We carry toys that are made in such countries as the United States, Germany, Canada, Thailand, China, and England – but this certainly is not an exhaustive list! If we find a great quality toy that we are confident is made by a safety-conscious manufacturer that is committed to making high quality products, we will carry the item regardless of its country of origin. And, since we are always looking for high quality toys, the countries from which we purchase toys will continue to grow!
Many of the toys that children have been playing with for years were and still are made in China, and they continue to pose no safety risk to children. And, even when toys are made in China, they still have to meet the same safety standards maintained by the US Government as toys that are produced in other parts of the world, including the United States. But, as has been seen by toy recalls, some items that are made in China have posed a safety risk to children.
The manufacturers of the products that we sell take extreme steps to ensure the safety of their products. These manufacturers work hard to make great children’s products in China, and they continually monitor their production facilities and test their products to guarantee that they meet all safety standards. Their commitment to quality is why we continue to buy products from these manufacturers and sell their toys with confidence to consumers.
Consumers have a number of resources to help them research and make decisions about products they buy for their children. The following organizations can serve as useful tools when reviewing the safety of toys:
US Consumer Product Safety Commission
Toy Industry Association
Toy Safety Resource Guide from Toy Industry Association
American Association of Specialty Toy Retailers
International Council of Toy Industries
American Society for Testing and Materials
American National Standards Institute