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.
These cautionary statements must be displayed in Internet advertisements for applicable products. This includes all applicable product detail pages on Amazon.
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 is available on the Consumer Product Safety Commission ("CPSC") website.
In order to add applicable choking hazard warnings to their product listing, sellers on Amazon should do the following:
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. The actual warnings on your product detail pages will depend on the statements you choose.
Step 1: Verify which of your products require a cautionary statement
You will need to verify which (if any) of the products you sell on Amazon require cautionary statements (choking hazard warnings) under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.
The cautionary statements apply to toys and games intended for children 12 years of age and under, regardless of the category in which these products are listed.
You can verify which (if any) cautionary statements should be included for a particular product by:
Contacting the product manufacturer, OR 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. 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 :
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 products 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 product information feeds and seller tools. The new fields are listed below.
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:
|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.|
Refer to Section B for information on how to use these fields in specific tools.
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 seller tools to upload your CPSIA warning information to your product details pages.
Inventory file templates
The new CPSIA columns have been added to all flat files for every category. Because each product can have up to four Values applicable to it, there are four columns in the template.
To submit your information using inventory file templates:
Note: The cpsia_warning columns need only be filled out for those products you sell on Amazon for toys and games for children under 12. The cpsia_warning_description column should remain blank for all products, unless you receive instruction otherwise by Amazon.
Add A Product
You can use the Add a Product tool to add the choking hazard warnings to your applicable products one at a time.
XML users need to know the following to update their product detail pages: