Toys have the potential to harm children in many ways. Health risks include choking, damaged hearing and the ingestion of toxic chemicals as well as injuries to any part of the body. The Public Interest Research Group’s Education Fund released its annual Trouble in Toyland report of dangerous toys. Below are the worst offenders.
• Fun Bubbles jump rope from Dollar Tree. It contains 10 times the maximum allowed quantity of the banned phthalate DEHP along with large amounts of another toxin, phthalate DIBP. • A fairy wand at Dollar Tree. The rod has small parts that can break off and cause choking. • Nickelodeon Mermaid Dora the Explorer from Target, Disney Planes and Disney Pixar Cars Riplash Racers from Marshalls, Disney Finding Nemo Dory figurine and G2 Air Mini Football from Five Below. The labels don’t adequately warn of choking hazards. • Mega Value Pack 16 Latex Punch Balloons, Mega Value Pack 12 Water Bomb Packs and Balloon Animal Kit from Party City. While they have choking warning labels, they also have confusing labels saying the toys were for children aged 3 and older. • Vtech Go! Go! Smart Animals, Vtech Go! Go! Smart Wheels, Vtech Spin & Learn Color Flashlight, Fisher Price Click n Learn Remote, and Leap Frog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set from Target. The extreme noise level of the toys stays within federal standards, yet it could damage the ears of children (not to mention annoy parents and neighbors to no end!). • Singing magnets and Sizzlers noise magnets from Dollar Tree. Although their size falls within federal standards, they still pose a swallowing danger. Ingestion would cause severe internal damage.
Children are also very vulnerable in the car. With due diligence, you can reduce or eliminate some of those risks. Read more here: Consumer Reports Reveals 5 Eye Opening Developments Regarding Child Car Safety.
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