Survey finds dangerous toys on store shelves

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HARTFORD – Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America’s store shelves, according to the Connecticut Public Interest Research Group’s 29th annual Trouble in Toyland report. The survey of hazardous toys found that, despite recent progress, consumers must still be wary when shopping this holiday season.

The report reveals the results of laboratory testing on toys for toxic chemicals, including lead, chromium and phthalates, all of which can have serious, adverse health impacts on a child’s development. The survey also found examples of small toys that pose a choking hazard, extremely loud toys that threaten children’s hearing, and powerful toy magnets that can cause serious injury if swallowed.

“We should be able to trust that the toys we buy are safe. However, until that’s the case, parents need to watch out for common hazards when shopping for toys,” said Sean Doyle, ConnPIRG Campaign Organizer.

You can read the full report here or click through the slideshow of dangerous toys below.

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  • Joey Sirko

    I was just watching Erica with the dangerous toys segment and the phone they keep showing (made by leapfrog I believe) is there for “high volume output”. This is my daughters favorite car toy and I am 99% sure it has a volume control (high and low); additionally, it certainly does not seem like it could be dangerous in any way, even if she puts it up to her ear. Quite surprised to see this toy on the list.