Attention Santa Shoppers: Check it Twice to Keep Dangerous Toys Off the Shopping List By Tod Aronovitz | 12/11/14 | 0 Comment

Despite federal regulations, toxic and dangerous toys are still finding their way on American store shelves. According to a U.S. Public Interest Research Group’s 29th annual Trouble in Toyland report, consumers must continue to be on alert when shopping for toys this holiday season.

The report revealed findings from laboratory tests on toys for toxic chemicals including lead, chromium and phthalates, all of which can have serious and adverse effects on a child’s development. The research 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.

According to Rachel Weintraub, legislative director and general counsel at the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), “The 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act strengthened CPSC and gave the CPSC new authority to protect children from unsafe products. Mandatory toy standards, lower lead and phthalate limits, independent third party testing, and increased port inspections stop more dangerous toys than ever before from reaching toy shelves.”

Even so, Sujatha Jahagirdar, U.S. PIRG Public Health Campaign Director, says that “not all toys comply with the law, and holes in the toy safety net remain.”

As a result, our ARONOVITZ LAW Blog brings you the results of this year’s survey. You may also find PIRG’s list of unsafe toys, as well as tips for safe toy shopping this holiday season, at ToySafetyTips.org.

  • Hazardous Lead: Greenbrier International’s Badge Playsets (sheriff’s star and round badge) sold at Dollar Tree.
  • Hazardous Chromium: Greenbrier International’s Jake and the Neverland Pirates Tambourines sold at Dollar Tree.
  • Hazardous Phthalates: H.E.R. Accessories’ Hello Kitty Bracelet and Hair Clips Accessory Sets sold at Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores.
  • Hazardous Phthalates: Infantino’s Leopard-patterned Rubber Ducks sold at Walmart.
  • Hazardous Phthalates: FAB Starpoint’s Dora the Explorer Backpacks sold at Walgreen’s.
  • Choking Hazard-Small Parts: Edushape’s Edushape 80 Pieces Textured Blocks sold at boutique toy shops and on Amazon.
  • Choking Hazards-Small Part Label Violations: Maison Joseph Battat’s small doll yo-yo found in Our Generation: Sydney Lee and “Stars in Your Eyes” sets sold at Target.
  • Choking Hazards-Small Part Label Violations: Disney Store’s Disney Junior Doc McStuffins Figurine Playsets on Amazon.
  • Choking Hazards-Small Part Label Violations: Mix & Co.’s Rhinestone Rosette Bow Headbands sold at Family Dollar.
  • Choking Hazards-Small Part Label Violations: Greenbrier International’s Favors Surprises (spiral drawing pieces) sold at Dollar Tree.
  • Choking Hazards-Small Part Label Violations: Greenbrier International’s Princess Party Favors Surprises (6 pack of plastic watches with ballbearing game) sold at Dollar Tree.
  • Choking Hazards-Small Part Label Violations: Auxo’s Wind Up Fun fish toys sold at Kmart.
  • Choking Hazards-Near-Small Parts: Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Company’s Piglet Disney Figurine sold at 99 Cents Only Stores.
  • Choking Hazards-Near-Small Parts: Alley Oop!/Greenbrier International’s Grow Metallix Mega Gro-Bot sold at Dollar Tree.
  • Choking Hazards-Near-Small Parts: Inspirefly Toys, LLC/Alley Oop!LLC/Greenbrier International’s Grow Color Changers sold at Dollar Tree.
  • Choking Hazards-Near-Small Parts: Greenbrier International’s Magic Towels—football shape and baseball shape—sold at Dollar Tree.
  • Choking Hazards-Near-Small Parts: Rubber Bouncy Balls sold at Boutique Toy Shops
  • Choking Hazards-Ball-Like Toys: Just Kidz’s Shopping Cart Playsets sold at Kmart.
  • Choking Hazards-Balloons: Amscan’s Mega Value Pack 16 Latex Punch Balloons sold at Party City.
  • Hazardous Powerful Magnets: Zen Magnets’ The Mini Set Magnet Sets sold on Zen Magnets online store.
  • Hazardous Powerful Magnets: Maxfield & Oberton’s Buckyballs sold at buckyballstore.com.
  • Hazardous Powerful Magnets: Ja-Ru Inc.’s Sonic Sound Sizzlers Noise Magnets sold at Toys R Us.
  • Battery Hazard: Hua Cai’s Cherubic Cetaceans sold at Super 99c Century.

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