LOS ANGELES Toy safety regulators said Monday that Zhu Zhu Pets – one of the holiday season's hottest toy crazes – do not violate federal safety standards after all.
A spokesman for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said the toy “is not out of compliance” with a new U.S. toy safety law that began taking effect this year. The agency did not test the toy.
The consumer group GoodGuide raised concerns over the presence of a potentially harmful heavy metal in a Mr. Squiggles model of the robotic hamsters that it tested. The group said its testing found levels of antimony, a heavy metal that can cause vomiting if eaten and heart and lung problems if breathed, on the toy that exceeded federal limits.
But those claims fell apart Monday, when GoodGuide announced that the way it got its test results – using a special gun that shoots X-rays into a toy and gives a reading for how much lead, antimony or other substances are in the material – is not recognized by the CPSC.
Instead, the CPSC tests how much of a heavy metal would seep out if a kid sucked or swallowed a toy – not just how much of a potentially dangerous substance a toy contains.
The CPSC concluded the furry toy does not pose a threat based on independent testing presented by the toy's manufacturer, Cepia LLC, who had vehemently defended Zhu Zhu Pets' safety from the start.
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