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14 dangerous toys – 2012

December 5, 2012 by Steven M. Gursten

Beware of these dangerous toys and child hazards this holiday, from the U.S. Public Interest Group study

Tomorrow, the friends of this law firm who receive our e-newsletter will receive an e-mail about dangerous toys this holiday season.  Toxic, and potentially very dangerous toys, are sitting on the shelves. The last thing we want you to do is purchase these toys for your children.

Here’s a  recent study from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), that warns you of some serious safety hazards in toys: 27th Annual Trouble in Toyland survey.

According to PIRG, for the past 27 years, the report has identified hazards in toys and children’s products that could cause acute injuries, from small parts that pose a choking hazard, to strangulation hazards from cords on pull toys, to laceration hazards from edges that are too sharp, to toxic hazards posed by chemicals in toys.

Here are some of the toys that made the most dangerous list: (see page 20 of the study):

  • 1. Dragster cars, Toys-R-Us, small parts
    2. Bowling game, Dollar Plus Store, small parts
    3. Ball on a stick launcher, small parts
    4. Play food, Walmart, small parts
    5. Baby’s 1st Balloons, Dollar Plus, choking hazard
    6. Baby’s 2nd Birthday Balloons, choking hazard
    7. Super Play Food Set, Toys-R-Us, small parts/small ball-like objects
    8. Golfing Game, N/A store, small parts/small ball-like objects
    9. Dora Backpack, Target, toxic chemicals-phthalates
    10. Morphobot, Dollar Tree, toxic chemicals, lead
    11. Snake Eggs, Dollar Tree, powerful magnets/small parts
    12. Guitar, Target, noise hazard
    13. Car Wheel/Horn, Toys-R-Us, noise hazard
    14. FunKeys Car Keys, Target, noise hazard

Other key findings in the report:

  • Lead continues to be a hazard in toys, which can cause brain damage and mental/developmental impairments. This is terribly sad. I’ve taken part on many traumatic brain injury panels over the years with TBI lawyers and doctors on the dangers of lead paint and toxic exposure to children.  Lead exposure changes the entire trajectory of a young child’s life, and is a serious health risk.
  • There are phthalates in toys, which are used as substances added to platics to increase flxibility and durability. When ingested, they can be harmful.
  • There are hazardous magnets in toys, and they pose problems, especially when swallowed.
  • There are common choking hazards and small parts.
  • There are noisy toys that can cause hearing damage.

Consumers tips for buying toys

Here are a few safety tips to remember when you’re shopping for toys.

    • The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) does not test all toys, and not all toys on store shelves meet CPSC standards.
    • There is no comprehensive list of potentially hazardous toys. Examine toys carefully for potential dangers before you make a purchase. Here are U.S. PIRG’s Toy Safety Tips for your phone.
    • Be vigilant about metals in toys, as they may contain lead or cadmium above the mandatory safety limits. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that all children be screened for exposure to lead. A simple and inexpensive blood test can determine whether or not a child has a dangerous level of lead in his or her body.
    • Report unsafe toys or toy-related injuries to the CPSC at www.cpsc.gov and www.saferproducts.gov, or call the CPSC at 1-800-638-2772.

Please refer to this list and report when you’re doing your holiday shopping.  And if you would like to be added to our email newsletter subscriber list, please e-mail us at [email protected]

Related information:

Avoiding dangerous toys: 2011

10 holiday safety tips

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