A consumer advocacy group released its 30th annual dangerous and toxic toys list ahead of the holiday shopping season.
ConnPIRG's Trouble in Toyland report on Tuesday surveyed potentially hazardous toys and found that despite recent progress, consumers must still be wary when shopping.
Laboratory tests looked for toxic chemicals, like chromium and phthalates, which can have an impact on a child's health. Researchers also looked for choking hazards, loudness which could affect hearing and magnets that can cause internal injuries if swallowed.
“We should be able to trust that the toys we buy are safe," said Evan Preston, ConnPIRG education fund director. "However, until that’s the case, toy buyers need to watch out for common hazards when shopping for toys.”
Key findings from this year’s report include:
“Our leaders and consumer watchdogs need to do more to protect our youngest consumers from the hazards of unsafe toys – no child should ever be injured, get sick, or die from playing with a dangerous toy,” Preston said. “Also, the CPSC should finalize its rule to include other toxic phthalates like DIBP on its list of banned phthalates.”
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