Hazardous toys to avoid this holiday season

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The CPSC consistently lists toys among the safest consumer product categories found in the home.

Dr. Steven Czinn and his team see it nearly every year. The item presents a potential small-part hazard. Many of these toys are found in dollar stores.

The report is called Trouble in Toyland, and is the 32nd annual toy safety report and is produced by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund. Over the years, our reports have led to more than 150 recalls and other enforcement actions.

"Always examine toys carefully for potential dangers before making a purchase", cautioned Sheek. Target has removed the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner in Brass and Metal from its store shelves and its online store following a request by PIRG. U.S. PIRG sent the products to a lead testing lab accredited by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and found dangerously high levels of lead.

Hazardous toys to avoid this holiday season
Hazardous toys to avoid this holiday season

Hand fidget spinners, popular small devices that children can rotate between their fingers, are included on a consumer group's list of the "10 worst toys" of 2017. The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner in Brass was found to contain 33,000 parts per million (ppm) of lead in its center circle and 22,000 ppm of lead in its arm. And despite recent product safety regulation reforms, they say unsafe toys still exist.

Regardless of age, Dr. Czinn says this amount of lead may be unsafe. "There is nothing good about lead, which is why the federal government has worked so hard to take it out of gasoline, to take it out of paints". However, the group said none of the products include a choke hazard warning.

One toy that might pose safety issues, PIRG said, is the "My Friend Cayla" doll made by Genesis Toys, and which the group said has been sold at Wal-Mart and Kohl's. When we asked Roles if a particular doll was a good example of a data-collecting toy, he said, "Yes, it asks kids questions and connects to Bluetooth and doesn't necessarily have a secure connection". The group also urged parents to make sure small parts on toys pass a choking test, by seeing if pieces fit inside a toilet-paper tube. Some toys w/ microphones could collect conversations & record children's names.

Fidget spinners, balloons and a doll that collects your child's data top the U.S. PIRG Education Fund's annual list of unsafe toys. "For more information, families are invited to visit www.PlaySafe.org, The Toy Association's website for parents and caregivers".

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