Summary of Small Parts Regulations: Toys and Products Intended for Use by Children Under 3 Years Old

In the United States, most toys and other articles intended for very young children have to pass a test designed to screen out small parts under “Small Parts Regulations: Toys and Products Intended for Use by Children Under 3 Years Old”. The regulation (see summary in PDF) was approved by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on June 7, 1979 and became effective January 1, 1980. CPSC staff recommends that toys or components of toys intended for use by children under 3 years old should not fit into the well-known small parts cylinder used for screening choking hazards for children younger than 3 years.