Report lists most unsafe toys this holiday season

Maricruz Casares
Noviembre 22, 2017

WashPIRG (Washington Public Interest Research Group) released its 32nd annual Trouble in Toyland report and list of unsafe toys Tuesday, as the busiest holiday shopping days of the year approach.

There is still "Trouble in Toyland", according to a group that warns parents each year around the holidays of toys it says can be unsafe to children.

For 32 years, the Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group, or PennPIRG, has been looking at all the toys on the market for any safety concerns.

"These fidget spinners are considered general use products so they're not subjected to the same restrictions children's toys have", said Azimi.

The survey said Target has removed certain fidget spinners for lead. "However, until that's the case, toy buyers need to watch out for common hazards when shopping for children's presents".

"Balloons are responsible for more choking hazards and choking deaths among children that any other toy", Dobbelstein said. It tested at 300 times the legal limit for lead in children's products.

"If a teenager starts chewing on that toy, ingests lead, lead is harmful for young kids, for teenagers and for adults", said Czinn. Children's products must not contain more than 100 ppm of total lead content in accessible parts, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). They say data-collecting toys may violate privacy and could become a target for hackers.

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Sheek was at the YMCA of Greater Springfield on Tuesday offering up the newest warnings of what dangers parents and grandparents might find on toy shelves this Christmas season.

But the report also contains warnings about specific products.

PIRG said Dollar Tree also sold several balloon sets that were improperly marketed to children under the age of 8 or contained misleading warning label. And the industry actually works year-round on toy safety.

"Just because a product says 6 and over or 3 and over, doesn't mean it's the right toy for your child", Hoffman said.

Parents and caregivers should always shop at reputable stores and online retailers they know and trust, and follow the age-grading on toy packaging. The group also warned against so-called "data-collecting" toys that gather information about their users.

"Many of the items named in U.S. PIRG's supposed "Trouble in Toyland" report were previously recalled due to ongoing regulatory vigilance, and are no longer offered for sale".

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