Every year, the US Public Interest Research Group releases an annual list of the most dangerous toys for children. The list is called Trouble in Toyland, and this year’s list includes toys with small parts that pose a serious choking hazard, include excessive levels of lead and ingestible magnets.
The 27th annual Trouble in Toyland report indicates to product liability attorney that dangerous and unsafe toys continue to be sold across the United States. This is in spite of the fact that there has been a lot of focus on toy safety in recent years. In 2008, Congress even approved the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which set safe levels for lead in children’s toys, and included other safety regulations.
The US Public Interest Research Groups folks analyzed toys that they purchased from toy shelves across the country. These toys were tested for a number of defects including the presence of lead, phthalates and cadmium. Lead poisoning is a serious risk for children, and has been linked to neurological defects, delayed brain development, as well as severe effects for pregnant women. Phthalates are chemicals that are added to plastics to make them softer. They have been linked to reproductive defects in male children, and other health issues.
The researchers found in their analysis that there were several toys that contained phthalates and lead levels that were much above the standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. In these cases, the toys contained lead that was higher than the 100 ppm standard.
The list also included several toys that exceeded noise standards, and could pose a possible hazard to a child’s hearing. The report also includes toys that come with small tiny magnets. There have been several incidents involving children who swallowed these tiny magnets, and had to be rushed to hospital emergency rooms with intestinal perforation. The magnets, when ingested, can attach to each other in the intestine, causing serious and possibly fatal injuries.
Here is a complete list of dangerous toys compiled by Trouble in Toyland.
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