Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America’s store shelves, according to U.S. Public Interest Research Group’s 29th annual Trouble in Toyland report.
The survey of hazardous toys found that, despite recent progress, consumers must still be wary when shopping this holiday season.
The report reveals the results of laboratory testing on toys for toxic chemicals, including lead, chromium and phthalates, all of which can have serious, adverse health impacts on a child’s development. The survey also found examples of small toys that pose a choking hazard, extremely loud toys that threaten children’s hearing, and powerful toy magnets that can cause serious injury if swallowed.
Key findings from the report include:
- Toys with high levels of toxic substances are still on store shelves.
- Despite a ban on small parts in toys for children under the age of three, toys available in stores still pose choking hazards.
- Toys that are potentially harmful to children’s ears and hearing.
- Small, powerful magnets that pose a dangerous threat to children if swallowed.
U.S. PIRG and CFA urge parents or caregivers who identify an unsafe toy or children’s product to report the potential safety problem to the CPSC at www.saferproducts.gov. This will also provide key information to other consumers who may own or may be considering purchasing that toy.