Safety Standards and Information
Right Start Safety Standards
All of our products have been tested according to ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) guidelines. We also carry European products, which follow the ASTM and EN 71 European Standard for Toy Safety guidelines, as well. In fact many of our vendors do their own testing, which exceeds the mandatory ASTM or European Standard for Toy Safety.
The Right Start has been collecting documents and certifications from our vendors so we can provide you the latest information on the manufacturing of products. You can find information from our vendors in this section of our website. If we do not currently have information about a specific company, feel free to check out that company's website, as they will most likely have a link to product safety.
NHTSA "Ease of Use" Program for Car Seats
The NHTSA’s “Ease of Use” program is a rating system for children’s car seats based on the ease of installation and use of seats. The ratings have nothing to do with the crashworthiness or safety of seats. Previously these ratings have been on a letter scale (A, B, C), but they are now on a star system (1-5 stars). All of the car seats that Right Start sells meet the strictest safety standards. The quality and safety of our car seats have and will always be our number one priority when choosing which car seats to sell. For your convenience, the majority of our stores have a Certified Car Seat Tech on site to help you learn about your car seat’s features.
What is BPA Free?
Recently there has been much talk of BPA and its potential health risk to infants and young children. Currently there is no overwhelming majority of scientific opinion to prove that BPA poses a danger to children’s health. However, since there is some concern about BPA in products, Right Start has provided you with some helpful information and links for you to make the decision when buying products.
According to bisphenol-a.org, Bisphenol-a (BPA) is a chemical building block that is used primarily to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins. The Polycarbonate plastic has many unique and beneficial properties, and this is why it is used in many things, such as electronics, CDs, automobiles, and reusable food and drink containers. BPA has been safely tested and used in consumer products for over 40 years.
The Right Start offers a variety of BPA free bottles in our stores and online. We also identify if a product is BPA free on our product information pages. If you would like more detailed information regarding the research being done on the effects of BPA or other BPA related information, please visit this helpful link:
http://www.bisphenol-a.org (Informative and useful website on BPA)
You can also use a search engine (google, yahoo, etc) or wikipedia.com to find out more information regarding BPA. The Right Start cares about you and your baby’s health, and we will continue to provide you with the education and tools you need to make the best decisions when shopping.
Britax Frontier Installation Tips
Please click here for a tutorial on how to easily and properly install your Britax Frontier.
Haba Safety Standards
All of the wood used in HABA products are manufactured in Germany, but sometimes put together in China. Products are stained, not painted. All stains used in products are water-based, non-toxic stains and are made in Germany. This company uses a third party independent testing center to confirm that all products meet and exceed the European EN71, ASTM (American), EU Directive 76/769EEC on azo-dyes, and the Chemical Prohibition Ordinance standards. In fact, the stains are edible should a child actually bite through the wood. There would be no health risk at all. Since 1996, the company has been ISO 9001 certified.
RC2 Safety Standards
After issuing a recent voluntary recall, RC2 has increased its safety standards. This company has created a new, tougher certification program for paint suppliers and manufacturers. Also there is a new 10-step paint safety control procedure for contract manufacturers. They have increased their scope and frequency of testing of both incoming materials and finished products. There is test reporting on every batch of paint used in the manufacture of the products. Also there are increased random inspections and audits of contract manufacturers and vendors. There are now vendor compliance seminars to assure clear understanding of specifications and requirements.
Sassy Safety Standards
Sassy Toys conforms to ASTM and European standards. All paint used in their products conforms to standards set by the US Consumer Products Safety Commission. This company also utilizes strict third party testing on all products, in order to meet and exceed ASTM and European standards.
Douglas Co Safety Standards
50 years of experience has allowed this family owned business to have long lasting ties to its suppliers and manufacturers. This company employs their own quality/safety inspectors to be on site during production. All toys are tested by independent labs and conform to the ASTM standards.
Radio Flyer Safety Standards
Radio Flyer makes sure that all vendors meet and exceed the standards set by the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI). All products meet the appropriate American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM). This company also hires independent labs to confirm that all products meet the set standards by the aforementioned organizations.
Ohio Art Company Safety Standards
Ohio Art Company tests products before, during, and after production to make sure they adhere to ASTM, Australian-New Zealand Standard, the Canadian Standard, and/or the European Toy Safety Standard (depending on where the product is being sold). This company uses a third party independent lab to confirm that all standards are met.
Infantino Safety Standards
Infantino conforms to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). They also maintain constant communication with overseas vendors to insure that products meet safety and quality standards.
Do-a-dot Safety Standards
All Do-a-dot products are manufactured in the USA. All suppliers for Do-a-dot produce their products in the USA. Both the company and its suppliers conform to State and Federal regulations regarding product safety.
International Playthings Safety Standards
International Playthings makes sure that all products conform to the ASTM and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) guidelines. This company also maintains constant communication with factories overseas to insure that all quality standards are met.
Schylling Safety Standards
Schylling uses independent testing labs to make sure that all products conform to ASTM standards. Their products are tested for heavy metals, such as lead, as well as pieces that can pose choking hazards to children. This company imports lead-free paint from Germany for production in its overseas factories.
Le Toy Van Safety Standards
Le Toy Van uses an independent testing lab to make sure that all products adhere to EN 71 and ASTM standards before, during, and after production. The independent labs used are SGS and Intertek laboratories.
Learning Resources Safety Standards
All Learning Resources products conform to toy industry standards and are tested by independent third party laboratories.
Plan Toys Safety Standards
All Plan Toys products are built in their own factory. Everything from wood selection, manufacturing, and shipping is done in one factory. All toys are preservative free, and all coloring is done with water-based dies, instead of paint. This company conforms to ASTM and EN71 toy safety standards.
Tatiri Safety Standards
Tatiri routinely inspects factories to insure that all materials are tested for quality throughout the manufacturing and delivery process. Outside testing centers are used to test products for any hazardous materials. This company conforms to ASTM and EN71 standards.
ImagAbility Safety Standards
ImagAbility uses factories that have never had recalls. They also use random third party testing laboratories, such as Intertek, on all products. This company conforms to ASTM and EN71 toy safety standards.
Rockabye Safety Standards
Rockabye conforms to ASTM standards. Rockabye also only does business with factories that adhere to ASTM standards and use high quality materials, such as natural wood, new fiber filling, and dyed fabrics.
Kushies Safety Standards
Kushies meets and exceeds all US, Canadian, and European product safety standards.
Tiny Love Safety Standards
Tiny Love uses their own quality control centers and standards to make sure that all products exceed international standards. There is a quality control center at their headquarters and another one at their factory in China. The quality control center in China operates in addition to and independently of the corporate quality control center to insure unbiased and fair safety confirmation of products. They also use independent labs to test products and raw materials before, during, and after production.
Edushape Safety Standards
Edushape meets or exceeds ASTM and CE specifications for products sold in USA and worldwide. Specifically, this company adheres to the ASTM standards of: lead free requirements, magnet standards, flammability requirements, void of heavy metal requirements, and the Federal Hazards Substances Act Regulation. This company will also provide any specific person or customer a detailed 16 page backup report to confirm their quality and safety standards.
Papo Safety Standards
Papo makes sure that all products adhere to the ASTM (American), EN 71 (European), and ISO 8124 (Australian and New Zealand) toy standards. As of January 1st, 2006, this company only uses non Phthalate and non cadmium materials and paints, which are tested to follow the up to date European norms.
Boikido Safety Standards
Boikido makes sure its products conform to the ASTM, EN 71, and ISO 8124 (Australian and New Zealand) toy standards. All paints are tested for heavy metals, such as lead, by independent laboratories, such as SGS Hong Kong and SGS Shanghai. All shipments are inspected by an independent quality control agent to maintain the quality and safety of the products.
Mudpuppy Safety Standards
Mudpuppy uses non-toxic ink in its products. This company conforms to CE (European Standard) and American Standards.
eeBoo Safety Standards
All eeBoo products with paint are independently tested for safety at each printing. Random testing on products is also used. All items are tested to ASTM and CE (European) standards.
Verdes Safety Standards
Verdes has worked with the same suppliers and manufacturers for many years. This company uses independent laboratories to make sure all products conform to ASTM standards.
Little Little Toy Company Safety Standards
The Little Little Toy Company meets and exceeds all ASTM and EN 71 (European) standards. They use third party testing centers accredited by OSHA, such as Intertek Testing Services, SGS Group, Bureau Veritas. They also sample its test paint in a wet state and again on the finished product.
Alex Toys Safety Standards
Alex Toys prides itself on not being involved in the recent toy recalls. They have excellent relationships with their overseas contractors and abide by safety standards and regulations.
HaPe Safety Standards
HaPe uses quality and safety processes similar to those used in German manufacturing. This company has the following certifications: ISO 9001 (Quality Management Certification), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Certification), and ICTI (Social Accountability-audit from the International Council of Toy Industries). Raw materials come from Russia, Belgium, and Germany. This company adheres to the European EN71 and American ASTM standards. There is no lead paint or other hazardous materials found in any product. A third party testing lab is used to routinely confirm all safety and product standards.
Chicco USA Safety Standards
Chicco USA conforms to ASTM and European product standards. This company uses an in-house testing laboratory as well as an independent third party to insure the safety of their toys.
SIGG Bottle Quality Guarantee
A small group of people have expressed some concern over BPA in metal or aluminum products, such as the liner in SIGG bottles. SIGG's bottle liner and their application process for applying it, is the best in the world because it is totally inert and imparts absolutely no chemicals into the beverage. SIGG has proprietary rights with a 3rd party producer of their liner formula, and SIGG is the only water bottle on the market to use this special liner.
Very thorough migration testing in laboratories around the world is conducted regularly and has consistently shown SIGG bottles to have no presence of lead, phthalates, Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA), Bysphenol A (BPA), Bysphenol B (BPB) or any other chemicals which scientists have deemed as potentially harmful.
The primary ingredient utilized in the manufacturing of SIGG bottle tops is Polypropylene (PP). It is recyclable; but it has to be collected separately, not together with Polyethylene (PET) which disposable plastic water bottles are made of.
The softer, white material on the SIGG screw tops is Santoprene, a thermoplastic rubber which helps to ensure a secure, leak-proof seal.
The material used to make SIGG bottle tops fulfills the requirements of materials intended to come into contact with food as described in: FDA, CFR, Title 21(2004) 177.1520 a) (3)(i)(c)(1), 8b) and c) 3.1a Olefin polymers.
CPSC and Safety of SlingsCPSC recommends that parents and caregivers make sure the infant’s face is not covered and is visible at all times to the sling’s wearer. If nursing the baby in a sling, change the baby’s position after feeding so the baby’s head is facing up and is clear of the sling and the mother’s body. Parents and caregivers should be vigilant about frequently checking their baby in a sling
JPMA Provides Additional Guidance Regarding CPSC Warning on Slings