From toxic chemicals to improper warning labels to small parts that can be a choking hazard, a local consumer advocacy group is cautioning Thanksgiving and Black Friday shoppers to avoid toys that can be hazardous to children’s health.
The California Public Interest Research Group released its 30th annual Trouble in Toyland report, describing toys that are potentially dangerous.
“We should be able to trust that toys we buy are safe,” said Jason Pfeifle, public health advocate for CALPIRG. “However, until that’s the case, toy buyers need to watch out for common hazards when shopping for toys.”
The report describes toys ranging from a jump rope with 10 times the legal limit of a banned chemical to a Minion pencil case with 11 times the legal limit of heavy metal chromium.
Also coming under fire in the report were a fairy wand with parts that can easily break off and become a choking hazard, toys with labels indicating they meet foreign safety standards but not certified in the United States, small towels and footballs that failed to include warning labels about choking hazards and electronic toys that were so loud they could damage a child’s hearing.
“It’s important for parents and family members alike to be aware of hazardous toys when shopping this holiday season,” said Dr. Jeffrey Upperman, director of the trauma program and injury prevention at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “There are many toys on the shelves that continue to pose a hazard to kids such as magnets and loud toys that could threaten children’s hearing and balloons, as an example.”
— Wire reports