If you regularly follow our San Diego injury blog, you know that many toys
with known hazards, such as small parts, strings, and other defects that
lead to choking, strangulation, and other injuries, continue to be found
on store shelves. Therefore, it can be a daunting task to make sure that
these dangerous toys do not end up under the Christmas tree.
To help parents and caregivers know what dangers to look for when they
purchase toys for children this holiday season and year-round, we would
like to share U.S. Public Interest Research Group’s 27th annual
Trouble in Toyland report . The report includes a list of potentially hazardous toys that can be
found on toy store shelves.
Key findings from the report include:
- Toys with high levels of toxic substances are still on store shelves. U.S.
PIRG found toys containing phthalates, as well as toys with lead content
above the 100 parts per million limit.
- Despite a ban on small parts in toys for children under three, U.S PIRG
found toys available in stores that still pose choking hazards.
- The group also found toys that are potentially harmful to children’s
ears and exceed the noise standards recommended by the National Institute
of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
- Small powerful magnets that pose a dangerous threat to children if swallowed
were also found on store shelves.