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slides: The 10 Most Dangerous and Toxic Toys, 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

 

Christmas is only two days away, and before you give your children their new toys it's a good idea to make sure those toys are safe for play time. 

Earlier this month MASSPRIG realeased its 29th annual 'Trouble in Toyland' report and list of the most dangerous and toxic toys released in 2014.  

See Slides Below: The 10 Most Dangerous and Toxic Toys 

"The message here today is really clear," said Michael Basmajian, MASSPIRG Advocate. "We want to protect our youngest consumers from unsafe toys. Over the last 29 years, U.S. PIRG's toy safety survey has helped recall more than 150 toys and unsafe products."

Several Different Hazards

The 'Trouble in Toyland' Report addressed several hazards including dangerous metals, chemicals, choking hazards, dangerous batteries and magnets, and loud toys.  According to Basmajian, when it comes to toxic hazards in toys, "the most dangerous ones are invisible." For example, a 'Jake and the Neverland Pirates' tambourine deemed toxic due to its amount of chromium. Specifically, the tambourine had nine times the allowable limit of chromium. According to the report, "Chromium (VI) is potentially harmful even at relatively low concentrations. Skin contact can cause severe allergic reactions including skin redness, swelling and ulcers. Chromium (VI) compounds are also known to cause cancer, either in the lungs after inhalation or in the stomach after digestion."

A second hazard is the potential of choking on small pieces.  Basmajian said, "Choking hazards are the leading cause of recall of toys. 86,000 toys in the past year have been recalled because of choking hazards." Basmajian used the example of a balloon kit. According to Basmajian, the law states that balloon toys are for children eight-years-old and up. However, on the product (pictured) Basmajian revealed at the press conference, the balloon kit had two separate places where it read 'Ages 3 and up.'

Michael Basmajian of MASSPIRG

Magnets can also be a hazard to children. "Since 2009, there have been 2,900 instances of magnet ingestion causing multiple stomach injuries," said Basmajian. 'Buckyballs' is currently subject to a recall by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). 'Buckyballs' are magnetic building toys. It is currently illegal for these to be sold in the United States. However, they are still sold online despite the CPSC's actions to remove them from the market.

Many batteries are near small parts as well. Toys that are accessible to children under three often times are battery powered. For example, the 'Cherubic Cetacean', a 'bright, multi-color light whale' is illegal in Australia because children are able to remove the batteries easily. According to the report, "In addition, under mild abuse it broke into small parts," making it a choking hazard. 

Finally, MASSPIRG presented the 'Leap Frog Chat and Count Smartphone.' This toy exceeds the federal regulated noise level when a child puts it up to their ears and could harm children's hearing.

MASSPIRG's Recommendations

For parents, MASSPIRG makes these recommendations: (1) go to toysafetytips.org to shop with U.S. PIRG Education Fund's Toy Safety Tips, (2) examine toys for hazards before purchase, and (3)report unsafe products to www.saferproducts.gov.

"We believe the rules should be strengthened," said Basmajian. "There are many more hazards in children's toys that need to be addressed and policy makers should push to overhaul U.S. toxic policies."

 

Related Slideshow: The 10 Most Dangerous and Toxic Toys, 2014

In early December MASSPIRG releasesed it's 29th Annual 'Trouble in Toyland' report and list of dangerous toys.The hazards in these toys fall into several categories including toxic metals and chemicals, choking hazards, magnet and battery ingestion, and loud noise, 

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1. Jake's Neverland Pirates Tambourine

Label on Toy: 2+

Type of Hazard: Chromium

Why Toy is a Potential Hazard: "The metal cymbals contain 580 ppm chromium, above the standard of 60ppm."

Store: Dollar Tree

Price: $1.00

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2. Leopard Pattern Duck

Label on Toy: None

Type of Hazard: Phthalate

Why Toy is a Potential Hazard: "The duck contains 1,400 ppm of the phthalate DINP, above the legal limit of 1,000 ppm."

Store: Walmart

Price: $0.97

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3. Shopping Cart Playset

Label on Toy: 3+

Type of Hazard: Choking

Why Toy is a Potential Hazard: "The eggs and lemon in this set are circular near-small parts, and also look like something that should be eaten."

Store: KMart

Price: $20.00

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4. Magic Towel (Label on Toy: 3+

Type of Hazard: Choking

Why Toy is a Potential Hazard: "The toy lacks a small ball warning, required for any small ball intended for children over the age of three."

Store: Dollar Tree

Price: $1.00

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5. Rhinestone Rosette Bow Headband

Label on Toy: None

Type of Hazard: Choking

Why Toy is a Potential Hazard: "Beads can fall off the headband, creating small parts that fit into the choke test cylinder. The toy should have a small parts warning label, as required for toys containing small parts and intended for children ages 3 to 5."

Store: Family Dollar

Price: $2.00

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6. Disney Figurine- Winnie the Pooh- Piglet

Label on Toy: 3+

Type of Hazard: Choking

Why Toy is a Potential Hazard: "The toy nearly fits into the choke test cylinder. Only it's toes stick out."

Store: 99 Cents Only Stores

Price: $0.99

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7. Grow Metallix Mega Gro-Bot

Label on Toy: 4+

Type of Hazard: Choking

Why Toy is a Potential Hazard: "The toy nearly fits into the choke test cylinder. It fits if its arms are squeezed. (If the Gro-Bot expands in water as much as the package promises, then it may present another hazard, too, by growing dangerously large if swallowed by a child and creating an abdominal obstruction."

Store: Dollar Tree

Price: $1.00

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8. Edushape 80 Pieces Textured Blocks

Label on Toy: 2+

Type of Hazard: Choking

Why Toy is a Potential Hazard: "The smallest semi-circular foam blocks in this set fit into the choke test cylinder. (Not every set we purchased contained these small parts.) Small parts are not allowed in toys for children under 3."

Store: "We purchased sets with small parts from both a boutique toy store and Amazon.com"

Price: $34.99

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9. Disney Junior Doc McStuffins Figurine

Label on Toy: 3+

Type of Hazard: Choking

Why Toy is a Potential Hazard: "The figurines can be broken off their bases, creating small parts that fit into the choke test cylinder. The toy should have a CPSC small parts warning label, as required for toys containing small parts and intended for children agest 3 to 5.

Store: Amazon.com

Price: $13.84

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10. Dora the Explorer Backpack

Label on Toy: 3+

Type of Hazard: Phthalate

Why Toy is a Potential Hazard: "The plastic portion of the backpack contains 200,000 ppm of the phthalate DEHP and 3,000 ppm DINP, both of which are banned above 1,000 ppm. The backpack may not be considered a toy and therefore may be exempt from the standard. However, U.S. PIRG Education Fund believes that all children's products should be held to a standard that keeps children safe."

Store: Walgreens

Price: $4.99

 
 

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