Report lists most unsafe toys this holiday season

Angelo Anderson
November 21, 2017

MASSPIRG released their 32nd annual Trouble in Toyland report Tuesday at the Downtown Springfield YMCA.

"Recalls are very rare - typically, only 0.003 percent of the three billion toys sold each year in the US are recalled", the organization said. If you're unsure if your child could choke on a toy, Ashline also shared you can take an empty toilet paper roll, and if the toy fits through it, it's too small and is a choking hazard.

The Toy Association also said that U.S. PIRG has repeatedly declined an invitation to participate in reviews toy standards.

As innovative products continue to emerge, the toy industry works with experts to review and revise toy safety standards whenever necessary.

Safety is the toy industry's top priority every day of the year.

Doctors at the floating hospital for children also said today they are seeing an increase in injuries caused by kids swallowing the small button-sized batteries found in electronic toys.

The toys selected for the report were tested by a Consumer Product Safety Council-accredited lab, the group explained.

WISPRIG says the doll, which is sold at Wal-Mart and Kohl's, has been banned in Germay for privacy violations.


The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass, which is distributed by Bulls i Toy, LLC, contained 300 times the legal limit for lead in children's products, according the group. It said the Premium Spinner Brass center tested for 33,000 parts per million (ppm) of lead and its arm tested for 22,000 ppm of lead.

"This can happen in any store, from a dollar store to a drugstore to a big-box store to a high-end store, that can have a toy that has been recalled", Madigan said. "It's very harmful during brain development", Roles said.

Target announced earlier this month that those models of fidget spinners were being pulled from shelves, but the report advised parents to double-check the product if they have already been purchased.

"Despite a ban on small parts in toys for children under the age of three, we found several toys that contain small parts but do not have any warning label at all", the report states. "Children can easily inhale balloons while trying to inflate them and they can get stuck in children's throats".

About 39 percent of all toy-related choking deaths involve balloons, according to the CPSC.

PIRG found five types of balloons that it says have inadequate labeling, including H20 Blasters Water Balloons and Disney Princess Punchball Balloons sold at Dollar Tree, Mega Value Pack 12 Water Bomb Packs and Mega Value Pack 14 Latex Punch Balloons found at Party City, and Party Balloons - 10 from Dollar City Plus. Consumrs are also invited to create an account to use the game system, which could reveal more of their information.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan also released her annual Safe Shopping Guide on Tuesday, listing toys and children's products that have been recalled over the previous year.

The complete "Trouble in Toyland" report can be found here.

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