Trouble in Toyland report warns of toy dangers

Posted at 11:07 AM, Nov 25, 2015

It's a list people who shop for kids have come to rely on. U.S. PIRG Education Fund’s 30th annual Trouble in Toyland report is out.

The findings? Dangerous or toxic toys are still on America’s store shelves.

"The survey of potentially hazardous toys found that, despite recent progress, consumers must still be wary when shopping this holiday season." U.S. PIRG

The report reveals the results of laboratory testing on toys for toxic chemicals, including chromium and phthalates, both of which can have serious, adverse health impacts on a child’s development.

It found examples of toys that pose a choking hazard, extremely loud toys that can 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, toy buyers need to watch out for common hazards when shopping for toys,” said Mike Litt, Consumer Advocate with U.S. PIRG.

Over the years, U.S. PIRG reports have led to over 150 recalls and other enforcement actions.

Trouble in Toyland found a range of problems with these toys:

  • Fun Bubbles jump rope from Dollar Tree
  • Disney Pixar Cars Riplash Racers and Disney Planes from Marshalls
  • G2 Air Mini Football
  • Disney Finding Nemo
  • Dory figurine from Five Below
  • Nickelodeon Mermaid
  • Dora the Explorer from Target
  • Magic Towels
  • Balloon Animal Kit
  • Mega Value Pack 16 Latex Punch Balloons
  • Mega Value Pack 12 Water Bomb Packs
  • Vtech Go! Go!
  • Smart Wheels
  • Vtech Go! Go! Smart Wheels
  • Vtech Go! Go! Smart Animals 
  • Vtech Spin & Learn Color Flashlight
  • Fisher Price Click n Learn Remote
  • Leap Frog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set from Target 
  • Sizzlers noise magnets from Family Dollar
  • Singing magnets 

To see the specific concerns about each toy, visit the U.S. PIRG website. You can also download the full 2015 report.

Information for this article comes from U.S. PIRG.