Consumer group warns of toy dangers

Published On: Nov 20 2012 01:42:47 PM EST

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group released today its 27th annual Trouble In Toyland report which found about a dozen toys on store shelves that could be dangerous for children.

A Dora the Explorer guitar, dragster cars with small wheels, and finger-fidget desktop magnets are among toys the consumer advocacy group is warning about as the holiday buying season begins.

“We should be able to trust that the toys we buy are safe. However, until that’s the case, parents need to watch out for common hazards when shopping for toys,” said Nasima Hossain, Public Health Advocate for U.S. PIRG.

PIRG examined more than 200 toys.  The Dora guitar was too loud, PIRG said, and tested slightly above the limit that hearing experts recommend. The dragster car had small traction bands on the wheels that could be a choking hazard.  The PIRG report also expressed concern about small magnet toys.  The magnets, such as the ones in the popular Buckyball desktop toys, can cling together if accidentally swallowed, pinch internal tissue and lead to serious injuries.

“Parents and toy givers need to remember that while the [Consumer Product Safety Commission] is doing a good job, no government agency tests all toys before they hit store shelves. Consumers should also remember that toys that are not on our list of examples could also pose hazards,” Hossain said. “The message of today is clear. Parents have to stay vigilant. We cannot and must not accept any weakening of our consumer and public health safeguards because they protect young children, America's littlest consumers." 

You can download the full Trouble in Toyland report here.


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