For nearly 30 years, the U.S. PIRG Education Fund has conducted an annual survey of toy safety, and each year it continues to find harmful toys for sale.
Among the toys surveyed this year, it found many toys with choking hazards and five toys with toxins exceeding federal standards.
Standards for toy safety are enforced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Safety standards include limits on toxics in children’s products, size requirements for toys for small children, warning labels about choking hazards, measures to keep magnets and batteries inaccessible, and noise limits.
The problems the staff who conducted the review found include:
- Lead. Childhood exposure to even low levels of lead can undermine development, damaging academic achievement and attentiveness. The staff found unsafe levels of lead in one set of play sheriff and police badges.