Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America’s store shelves, according to U.S. PIRG Education Fund’s 30th annual “Trouble in Toyland” report. Although progress has been made in toy safety, consumers need wary when shopping this holiday season, the group advises.
Laboratory testing on toys found toxic chemicals, including chromium and phthalates, which can have serious, adverse health impacts on a child’s development. The survey also found examples of toys that pose a choking hazard, loud toys that can threaten children’s hearing, and powerful toy magnets that can cause serious injuries if swallowed.
“We should be able to trust that the toys we buy are safe,” said Mike Litt, consumer advocate for U.S. PIRG. “However, until that’s the case, toy buyers need to watch out for common hazards when shopping for toys.”