Children's Toys

Children's Toys

Children’s toys are among of the products most carefully monitored and tested for harmful chemicals. Despite long-standing laws to protect children from exposure to these chemicals, many toys still contain detectable levels of lead and other noxious compounds in violation of Proposition 65, and other consumer safety regulations.

As a neurotoxin, lead is a highly toxic heavy metal that affects the nervous system. Children's brains are especially susceptible to the effects of lead.  Research has shown that repeated exposure to lead cumulatively affects the developing nervous system and, over time, can lead to attention deficit, learning disabilities, short-term memory loss, behavioral problems, and diminished intellectual ability. 

In both children and adults, lead exposure from consumer products begins with the handling of the product. Lead particles are then transferred from the hand to the eyes or mouth where the particles are then absorbed or ingested. Precautions must be taken with toddler and children’s products due to regular teething, mouthing, and other habits, during which lead particles can be directly ingested.

Toys can also contain phthalates, toxic chemicals known to cause reproductive harm. Research shows that phthalates harbor a stronger negative impact in male infants. Phthalates are "plasticizers," commonly added to plastic components in consumer products to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity.

The Chanler Group's clients regularly investigate the presence of lead and phthalate chemicals such as di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate ("DEHP"),  butyl benzyl phthalate ("BBP"), and Di-n-butyl phthalate ("DBP"), which are often found in consumer products. 

Together, The Chanler Group and its clients have reached countless settlements with companies that manufacture children's toys, often securing a commitment from these companies to reformulate the product and to virtually eliminate the presence of phthalates and lead in their toy products. In addition to the reformulation commitment, these companies also comply with Proposition 65's health hazard warning requirements.  

We continue to monitor this industry closely in an effort to protect children from exposure to lead and phthalates and to improve the safety and well being of all children.

To review legal agreements which The Chanler Group's clients have reached with companies that sell children's toys, please see the cases below.

firm casework - enforcement

July 20, 2017
DEHP
Out-of-Court Settlement
On July 20, 2017, citizen enforcer Paul Wozniak and settling party Kole Imports (“Kole”) entered into an out-of-court settlement agreement.  Wozniak had alleged that Kole sold vinyl/PVC electrical tape and game cases containing the phthalate chemical di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (“DEHP”) in the State of California without providing the requisite...
June 28, 2017
DEHP
Out-of-Court Settlement
On June 28, 2017, citizen enforcer Paul Wozniak and settling party Bird-X, Inc. (“Bird-X”) entered into an out-of-court settlement agreement.  Wozniak had alleged that Bird-X sold vinyl/PVC balloons containing the phthalate chemical di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (“DEHP”) in the State of California without providing the requisite health hazard...
March 23, 2017
DEHP
Consent Judgment
The parties involved in the case Leeman v. The Upper Deck Company executed a Consent Judgment on March 23, 2017.  In this matter, citizen enforcer Whitney R. Leeman, Ph.D. alleged that The Upper Deck Company, a Nevada Corporation (“Upper Deck”) sold vinyl/PVC portfolio covers containing the phthalate chemical di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (“DEHP...
February 13, 2017
DEHP
Out-of-Court Settlement
On February 13, 2017, citizen enforcer John Moore and settling parties The Hillman Companies, Inc. and The Hillman Group, Inc. (collectively, “Hillman”) entered into an out-of-court settlement agreement.  Moore had alleged that Hillman sold vinyl/PVC stickers containing the phthalate chemical di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (“DEHP”) in the State of...
July 18, 2016
DEHP
Consent Judgment
On July 18, 2016, citizen enforcer Laurence Vinocur and settling party Mattel, Inc. (“Mattel”) entered into an out-of-court settlement agreement.  Vinocur had alleged that Mattel sold vinyl/PVC headphone wraps containing the phthalate chemical di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (“DEHP”) in the State of California without providing the requisite health...
November 24, 2015
DEHP
Consent Judgment
The parties involved in the case Held v. Rhode Island Novelty, Inc. executed a Consent Judgment on December 23, 2015.  In this matter, citizen enforcer Anthony E. Held, Ph.D, P.E. alleged that Rhode Island Novelty, Inc. (“Rhode Island Novelty”) sold vinyl/PVC game cases containing the phthalate chemical di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (“DEHP”) in...
June 19, 2015
DEHP
Consent Judgment
The parties involved in the case Wozniak v. John N. Hansen Co., Inc. executed a Consent Judgment on June 19, 2015.  In this matter, citizen enforcer Paul Wozniak alleged that John N. Hansen Co., Inc. (“John Hansen”) sold vinyl/PVC game cases containing the phthalate chemical di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (“DEHP”) in the State of California without...
September 19, 2014
DEHP
Consent Judgment
The parties involved in the enforcement action Leeman v. Great Lakes Dart Mfg., Inc., et al. executed an agreement on September 19, 2014.  In this matter, citizen enforcer Whitney R. Leeman, Ph.D., alleged that the defendant Great Lakes Dart Mfg., Inc. (“Great Lakes”) sold vinyl/PVC game cases, including game kits, accessories, and components containing...