New law may close down stores

January 14, 2009 2:23:55 PM PST
You never know what you'll find at Replay Toys. It sells gently used products for babies, toddlers, and children. And the prices are unbeatable! About 80-percent off regular retail!

"Come February 9, we wil have to close our doors. We will stop selling baby toys and equipment and any items for children under the age of twelve," Emily Roach of Replay Toys said.

The owners of Replay say new federal rules that go into effect on February 10 could force many resellers out of business.

The rules mandate children's products cannot be sold if they exceed the new legally allowed limits of lead or a chemical called pathlates, even if those items have never been officially recalled.

"These laws are aimed to improve the safety of children's products and compliance with the law will help achieve that. but we're not looking to close down businesses," Scott Wolfson of the Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

The new laws do not require retailers to test products, but merchants say they do force retailers to play a dangerous guessing game.

"It's just what about items that are not on the recall list; they also don't have a safe-tested list so it's really hard to know where we are," Jeffrey Alpart of Replay Toys said.

"You need to reassess product line by product line what has been safe in the past, what has been safe going forward; if you're not going to test, you may have to move out of that product line," Wolfson said.

But the operators of Replay Toys say that's easier said than done and they are fighting to stay in business.