Mary Meyer Product safety
Today, all eyes are on toy companies and the toys they make. We welcome this spotlight because at Mary Meyer, the safety and standards of our toys has been our top priority for over 80 years. The third generation of Meyers continues what our Grandmother and founder said for many years: “We’re not selling any toys to our customers that we wouldn’t also give to our own children”.
Here is our five-step approach to safety:
- Design – Exceeding ASTM standards is the mantra of our experienced designers. Getting it safe right from the drawing board is the key. Whether they are specifying how items are sewn or which fabrics and components to use, our designers constantly make decisions that keep our toys among the safest in the industry.
- Testing – The fabrics and construction of all Mary Meyer toys are fully tested to meet and very often exceed US safety standards. If a toy fails the tests, it is either dropped before production or is redesigned until it passes all safety tests.
- Production – Built-in processes during production are designed to maximize safety. These are just some of the examples of why a Mary Meyer toy is safe, no matter which toy it is. Examples are:
- All toys go through metal detectors to assure no metal fragments are inside our toys.
- All plastic eyes are sonic-welded in place to assure they remain firmly and safely attached to the surrounding fabric.
- All beans are sewn into inner bean bags in case during the life of the toy, there is a seam break. The beans remain contained inside a pillow.
- Inspection – Ongoing inspections during and after production are an integral part of our safety program. Not only are toys inspected for safety, they are also reviewed for quality control, design consistency, correct labeling, and package integrity.
- Compliance Certification – Mary Meyer has pdf’s of each toy’s CPSC Compliance Certificate available to the public as required by law. They can be found on our web site by clicking on the Certificates tab and scrolling to the item number desired. The item number immediately follows “MM”.
We hope this addresses your concerns about the safety of Mary Meyer stuffed toys. If you have further concerns, please email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will answer them as soon as possible.
The Meyer Family
The new CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act) requires us to certify that all products manufactured AFTER November 12, 2008 comply with new CPSC standards.
While Mary Meyer has always conformed with ALL ASTM F963 standards, we will now provide Certificates of Compliance for all products manufactured after that date. These are available on our website or by request.
Here are highlights of a few of the other pertinent sections:
– Section 101: Reduction of lead in paint used on children’s products. Mary Meyer does not use paint on any of our products.
– Section 101 continued: Changes in total lead content reduced to 600 ppm effective February 10, 2009 and ultimately 100 ppm by 2011. Again, we do not use paint, but we are now testing to ensure this standard is met. So far, ALL our products come in consistently below the most stringent standard.
– Section 102: Mandatory third–party testing. All our testing is done at an independent, third party lab.
– Section 103: Tracking labels for children’s products effective August 2009. We are now doing that with products produced after November, 2008 on our sewn in label.
– Section 106: Effective 2/10/09, ASTM F963 becomes mandatory. Mary Meyer has ALWAYS complied with ASTM F963. This also covers many other areas such as Flammability, Small Parts, Choking Hazards, Torque, Tension among others.
– Section 108: Elimination of six phthalates in children’s products, effective February 10, 2009. Mary Meyer does not use phthalates and is now setting up the testing required to prove that in all substrates. We certify that we meet this requirement now, as well as the requirements outlined in the California Health and Safety Code.
Mary Meyer certifies that the products we have sold you are in compliance with all current standards. We are committed to meeting or exceeding all government requirements because safety has been a top priority with us for 80 years. This is a third generation family business; our toys have to be as safe for our children and grandchildren as they are for yours.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Safety for Infants
Mary Meyer Corporation mandates all of our products are completely safety tested, at independent testing facilities and meet or exceed all applicable safety standards as set forth by the regulatory bodies in the United States. This includes physical/mechanical standards, as well as recent legislation regarding chemicals such as BPA, lead, and Phthalates.
All parties involved in the manufacture of Mary Meyer Corporation products are required to follow these guidelines and all tests are conducted by registered independent testing facilities.
As a manufacturer of baby products and in our diligent efforts to promote “safety”, we have found educational and informative resources for parents and caregivers to reference for critical safety information which will assist in establishing safe environments for babies. Among them are the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Consumer Products Safety Commission. For questions or for more information, please speak to your physician.
WubbaNubs have a sewn-in Soothie medical-grade silicone pacifier — latex, BPA, PVC, and Phthalate free. Soothie Pacifier is designed for newborns to 6 months (not suggested for babies with teeth or in teething stage).
Safe sleep habits:
– ALWAYS put baby to sleep on his or her back on a firm mattress.
– AVOID soft bedding (pillows, comforters, blankets, etc.) because these present suffocation hazards.
– NOTHING IN THE CRIB BUT THE BABY! For sleep time, remove all plush, plush attached to pacifiers, loveys, toys, stuffed animals and decorative items.
– NEVER hang a pacifier around an infant’s neck as it presents a strangulation danger.
– ALWAYS REMEMBER to keep ventilation holes clear.
– ALWAYS SUPERVISE an infant when he/she is using a pacifier.
– REMOVE all plastic packaging before the first use.
– MAKE SURE you’re always using an age-appropriate pacifier.
– KEEP A CLOSE EYE on nipples and inspect them carefully before each use by pulling in all directions. They can wear out over time and should be replaced at the first sign of wear.
– NOT SHARING IS CARING pacifiers should be reserved for one infant only for safety and hygienic reasons.
– ALWAYS WATCH your baby and children while sterilizing the pacifier with boiled (NOT boiling) water.
What is a Compliance Certificate? A Compliance Certificate is a document required by the Federal Government and administered by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. It certifies that the product meets all required government safety tests and outlines where and when it was manufactured, as well as who did the testing and who is responsible for safety issues.
Do I have to print it? No, you do not. But if you wish to print it, or view it, all manufacturers must make them easily available.
What is being certified? Each certificate will specify what has been tested and what is being certified.
I have an old animal? Has it been certified? These certificates were not required on production prior to November 12, 2008, it just means that this document was not created. Mary Meyer toys have always met all government standards and more; we have been making safe toys for over 80 years. Take a look at Our Story to learn more about us.
I’m having trouble finding the certificate. What should I do? If you have tried searching for it using the instructions and can not find it, just pick up the phone and call Mary Meyer Customer Service at 800-451-4387 and they will be happy to help you. You may also send an email to email@example.com. We do not have certificates available for stuffed toys manufactured before November 12, 2008, so that may be part of the problem, but Customer Service will be happy to help you figure that out.
What standards are being certified? Our toys are tested to the level required for ages 0 and up. We certify that they have passed the tests for Flammability (16 CFR 1500.3 (c) (6) (vi) ) and Physical and Mechanical Requirements, such as small parts and pull tests (16 CFR 1500).
Are toys from China safe? Yes, they are. The US government requires a high degree of testing and manufacturers now have to certify that these tests have been completed by an independent lab before entering into the United States. At Mary Meyer, we have always been concerned about safety. These toys are used by our own children and we have our name and reputation at stake for each one. Whether your particular toy is made in Vermont, in China or anywhere else doesn’t matter. What is important is that it is certified to meet the highest standards, and that a well established company with a reputation for integrity stands behind it.