It’s stuff like this that make me as a parent feel totally out of control. I originally found a link to The Consumerist where they list out a bevy of toys and other household items like duct tape that contain asbestos. I try not to make this site feel “alarmist” or to unnecessarily worry parents over issues such as this. But it’s hard not to bring these types of things to people;s attention because we could all be exposing ourselves or our families to hazardous materials without ever knowing it.
The product that brings the most concern is the CSI Fingerprint kit which allows kids to “dust” for prints. What chaps me is the statement made by the company:
“The kit has been tested and has met all safety standards requirements as set by toy safety agencies and legislation, including the Consumer Product Safety Commission,” a spokeswoman said, but added, “The agencies don’t require asbestos testing and therefore we have never been apprised of any unacceptable levels of asbestos.
“We respect anyone’s right to test our products and should their or our future tests reveal anything unacceptable, we’ll of course take swift action to remove contaminated products from the market.”
So basically, “we’re not required to test our toys for a potentially dangerous material so if you find out on your own that it’s dangerous, THEN we’ll do something but… we’re not obligated.” Nice. thanks for looking out for us.
Source: Seattle PI