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Choking Hazard Warning & Lead and Phthalates Limits

Choking Hazard Warning Requirements for Children's Toys and Games
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 and the Federal Hazardous Substances Act require  the display of appropriate cautionary statements relating to the choking hazards of toys and games intended for children 12 and under on the product packaging and in certain advertisements. 

Beginning December 12, 2008, these cautionary statements must be displayed in certain Internet advertisements for applicable products.  This includes all applicable product detail pages on Amazon.com.

Lead and Phthalates Limits on All Children's Products
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act also prescribes strict limits on the content of certain materials in products intended for children, including lead and phthalates.  Sellers should familiarize themselves with the effective dates of each applicable limit and work with their suppliers to ensure that all products sold are compliant with the limits in force.  Sellers are responsible for tracking and complying with any regulations issued by the CPSC.

Detailed information about these Acts is available on the Consumer Product Safety Commission ("CPSC") website:

http://www.cpsc.gov/ABOUT/Cpsia/cpsia.html

What the Choking Hazard Warning Requirement Means for Sellers

By December 1, 2008, Amazon sellers will need to do the following to comply with this requirement:

  1. Determine if a "cautionary statement" (choking hazard warning) applies to the products you sell on Amazon.com, and
  2. Provide such statements to Amazon as part of the product listing (product detail page). Please see "How to Verify & Upload Choking Hazard Warning Information" in this Help page for detailed information.

The cautionary statement(s) you choose for your product will appear on the product's detail page in a yellow Warning box, located above the Product Description.

Below is an example of how the Warning will appear. Note that the actual Warnings on your product detail pages will be the ones you choose.  Also please note that these Warnings will not surface on your detail pages until December 12, 2008.

How to Verify & Upload Choking Hazard Warning Information

Step 1:  Verify which of your products require a cautionary statement

A.  Verification

You will need to verify which (if any) of the products you sell on Amazon require "cautionary statements" (choking hazard warnings).

The cautionary statements apply to toys and games intended for children 12 years of age and under.  Please note that this can include items that may not necessarily be in the Toys & Games category, for example: a children book that is packaged with marbles, jacks, balloons, or other small parts that pose a choking hazard.

You can verify which (if any) cautionary statements should be included for a particular product by:

  1. Contacting the product manufacturer, OR
  2. Checking the product's packaging for the applicable choking hazard warnings.

If you are the manufacturer of a product, you are responsible for determining whether the cautionary statements apply to your product.  Please note that Amazon cannot verify this information for you.

B.  The Cautionary Statements (Choking Hazard Warnings)

The following are the six cautionary statements (warnings) that may apply to your products:

  • Choking Hazard - Small Parts
    • WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts
    • Not for children under 3 yrs.
  • Choking Hazard - Is a Small Ball
    • WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - This toy is a small ball
    • Not for children under 3 yrs.
  • Choking Hazard - Contains Small Ball
    • WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Toy contains a small ball.
    • Not for children under 3 yrs.
  • Choking Hazard - Balloon
    • WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Children under 8 yrs. can choke or suffocate on uninflated or broken balloons.
    • Adult supervision required.
    • Keep uninflated balloons from children.
    • Discard broken balloons at once.
  • Choking Hazard - Is a Marble
    • WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - This toy is a marble.
    • Not for children under 3 yrs.
  • Choking Hazard - Contains a Marble
    • WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Toy contains a marble.
    • Not for children under 3 yrs.

You may select up to four of these six warnings. You should never need to choose more than four warnings, as a warning that a product "contains" a small ball or marble should not apply simultaneously with the corresponding warning that a product "is" a small ball or marble.

Step 2:  Update your product detail pages with the required information

After you have verified which of your products require cautionary statements on their detail pages, and which values apply to each of those products, you are ready to update your detail pages with those values. You can do this using our updated seller tools.

A.  New data fields

In order for you to provide the required information for your product listings, we've created two additional data fields in our seller tools. The new fields are listed below.

Label Name:

Definition:

Values:

cpsia-warning1 cpsia-warning4

Use this field to indicate if a cautionary statement relating to the choking hazards of children's toys and games applies to your product.  Cautionary statements that you select will be displayed on the product detail page.  If no cautionary statement applies to the product, select "no_warning_applicable."

Select the appropriate statement from the following Valid Values:

  • choking_hazard_balloon
  • choking_hazard_contains_a_marble
  • choking_hazard_contains_small_ball
  • choking_hazard_is_a_marble
  • choking_hazard_is_a_small_ball
  • choking_hazard_small_parts
  • no_warning_applicable

cpsia-warning-description

 

This field has been created for future use in the event that other product safety warnings (in addition to the six provided by the CPSIA) are later required to be displayed on the detail page.  Do not use this field unless otherwise advised by Amazon.com.
 

 

B.  Using the new fields in tools

After you have verified which of the products you sell on Amazon require cautionary statements on their detail pages, and which of the 6 values listed above apply to each of those products, you are ready to upload your information.

Below are instructions for using Marketplace seller tools to upload your CPSIA warning information to your product detail pages.

Create A Detail Page
You can use the Create A Detail page feature on Amazon to add the choking hazard warnings product detail pages you have created.  You will need the ISBN or ASIN of a product to edit it.

  • From your seller account, click "Edit your product detail pages."
  • Enter your ISBN or ASIN and page through the product information until you locate the CPSIA Cautionary Statement selections.
  • Make your selections and click "Save & continue."

Seller Support

Please use the e-mail address associated with your Amazon.com Seller account.