The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) granted the first-ever exception to the standard 100 parts per million (ppm) lead content limit that was currently under the CPSC's Improvement ACT (CPSIA) for certain die-cast, ride-on pedal tractors and similar toys made of aluminum alloy.
As of April 5, 2012, aluminum alloy components, used in toys for children 3 years and older, must meet a 300 ppm lead standard. The decision by the CPSC comes in response to a petition submitted last September by toy die-cast vehicle makers, Ertl, regarding the alloy castings used in their ride-on tractors.
The CPSC outlined its decision to grant the exception. The new standard takes into account the functionality of toys produced under the previous limitations, whether it's technologically feasible to manufacture products that meet the 100 ppm standard and the fact that children will likely never put these items in their mouth leaving little adverse effect on public health or safety if there is a higher ppm, including the blood lead levels in a child.