First of all, thank you for being a valued customer. Kleynimals are a labor of love for me, but one that I have devoted myself to because I truly felt that parents and babies needed a realistic and safe alternative to car keys. I am so proud of the fact that our company has grown through word of mouth and through an incredible base of fans that share with friends. Thank you for being one of those fans.
Unfortunately, I faced some challenges with Canada in 2013 – specifically a requested recall from Health Canada due to a reclassification of Kleynimals as a rattle in Canada. I want to assure you that I had Kleynimals tested by a third party laboratory for safety regulations before their release in Canada. I was told that they met all of the safety requirements. However, Health Canada recently came to me with their decision that they consider Kleynimals to be a rattle and therefore, they “impinge on the rattle gauge and are a risk for impaction.”
Below I have included some more details so that you can be assured that we took all of the necessary precautions before release in Canada. Unfortunately, it’s something that I counted on my testing company to pick up and they did not.
Safety has always been my first focus and goal in creating Kleynimals. There is nothing wrong with the quality or integrity of the product – it is still sturdy, will not break apart, and toxin free.
More details if you are interested:
The US classifies Kleynimals as a toy that is safe for babies 6 months and up based on the small parts regulations for toys. You can see the specific regulations here: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/business–manufacturing/business-education/business-guidance/small-parts-for-toys-and-childrens-products/
The Canadian small parts regulations are the same for toys. That is found on page 7 in this document: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pubs/indust/toys-jouets/index-eng.php#a3243 . My testing company approved Kleynimals for sale in Canada based on this specification.
However, the dilemma is that Health Canadia considers a rattle to be anything that makes a noise when held in the hand and shaken, and they specify that toy keys are a rattle. The Canadian requirements for a rattle are found on the same page of the above manual.
The US has the same standard for a rattle in terms of measurement, however they specifically say that toy keys are NOT a rattle. All of that is outlined here: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Business–Manufacturing/Business-Education/Business-Guidance/Rattles/
Integrity is of the upmost importance to me. Please be in touch with any questions you have.