November 24th, 2007
08:07 AM ET
9 years ago

Clinton takes on China's toxic toys

Sen. Clinton announced a toy safety agenda Friday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – On one of the biggest shopping days of the year and the historical start of the Christmas shopping season, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, announced a toy safety agenda she would implement if elected to the White House.

“As the holiday shopping season begins, our government should be taking immediate action, decisive steps to ensure that the toys we are importing from China and other countries are safe,” Clinton said in a statement released Friday.

While Clinton noted many recent recalls of toys manufactured in China, the Democratic White House hopeful also placed responsibility on American companies that purchase toys from China and other countries. “They have to do a better job at every stage of the process, from design through production and shipping, to make sure that the toys they are bringing into this country – and profiting from – do not pose risks to children,” Clinton’s statement said.

Clinton’s toy safety agenda includes imposing obligations on American companies that import toys; requiring independent, third-party testing of toys; increasing the number of product inspectors; instituting a complete ban on lead in products intended for children; and increasing enforcement of civil and criminal penalties for violations of consumer product safety laws.

- CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. An, Newport News, VA

    "As the holiday shopping season begins, our government should be taking immediate action, decisive steps to ensure that the toys we are importing from China and other countries are safe,” Clinton said in a statement released Friday."


    Even for your hubby's sex toys, Hillary?

    November 26, 2007 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  2. Mark Cross junction va

    I wonder if any of Hillarys toys, by her bedside, were "Made in China"?

    November 26, 2007 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. JC, Topeka, Kansas

    Gee, lots to think about. What to do after all China has been funding the nations tax cuts to the wealthy for the past 7 years buying up our paper. And good Conservative buissnessmen have been triming costs by closing US plants and purchasing their goods from China where its cheap labor, and lack of safeguards, health and environmental concerns are good for the bottom line.

    Seems to me Bill must be responsible for all of this, but then again there is a difference between opening the door and orchestrating what we see today. So lets look folks, 7 + years into an administration are we going to contiune to blame the last guy ar are we going to ever hold the current guy accountable for the actions or total lack of actions by his administration.

    Lets see who is responsible for safe guarding American consumers, the Chinese or the American government.

    November 26, 2007 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. Truth Seeker DC

    Hilary with one L Rochester, New York

    I am confused, I looked up the Bills that you suggested and the Library of Congress has them as something entirely different.
    S. 2132 deals with racial profiling
    S. 1306 deals with Health Care (1991)
    S. 654 deals with prohibiting the expulsion of someone to a country that engages in torture.(pre- senator clinton)
    S. 2244 is an ammendment to the Fish and Wildlife Act.
    S.2222 deals with low level radio active waste. Pre- Senator Clinton

    November 26, 2007 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. Hilary with one L, Rochester NY

    Truth Seeker in D.C.,

    I think you'll have better luck if you use THOMAS to search the bills by number. I searched only bills for the 110th Congress and that's where I got my results. There's a link to THOMAS on the House website ( There's a current Congress search field where you can just pop the bill numbers in.

    Hope that helps!

    November 26, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. Jim Topeka, Kansas

    Truth Seeker DC

    I recommend that you learn how to reference US Senate Bills before you attempt and make believe you do. If you Goggle a Senate Bill you will more than likely NOT find in the top picks Senate Bills from the 110th Congress, nor from the US Congress. Try again.

    November 26, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. Paua, des moine, iowa

    As a caring mother, Hillary has my vote, although I am a republican.

    November 27, 2007 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  8. Dr. Patrick Molloy

    Question! With all the attention being focused upon Lead Based Paints being used in the manufacturing of Children’s Toys as part of the approach to making money through the illness of children; where is the focus on other products used by children that are manufactured with the same process.

    The reference is made specifically to the components of Testing Instruments that are manufactured in China with the same Lead Based Paints. Many assessment instruments used in school districts throughout the United States to evaluate children for the presence of developmental disabilities are comprised of arts that appear to be toys that are made in China with the same Lead Based Paints.

    It is a sad day when we test children for the potential of a learning disability with testing components that can cause a learning disability. Now we have a multitude of potential presidential candidates climbing aboard a soap box about Children’s Toys – but not one of them have looked into the problem sufficiently to see how truly destructive the business practices of US Companies will go to gain market share by allowing their China business associates to go to save money and boost revenues.

    December 2, 2007 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
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