The acting chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission scoldedthe toy industry Monday for a lack of safety controls that led to a string of highly publicized recalls, and she warned that the industry has the obligation to regulate itself.
"I will not tolerate this industry ... not complying with our regulations," Nancy Nord said in an address at the annual American International Toy Fair expo.
Nord said the federal agency, under attack for not acting quickly enough to eliminate hazardous products from stores, is adding staff and working more closely with customs officials to stop suspect imports. But she noted "we all need to take responsibility" to make toys safer, and was angry about recalls involving lead paint because they showed a breakdown in quality control.
Nord's comments came as the agency works with the Toy Industry Association to develop mandatory testing standards after millions of toys were recalled in 2007 because of lead or other hazards. There were 61 toy recalls last year, compared with 40 in 2006, she said.