With the holiday shopping season upon us, parents, grandparents, and other consumers must be on the lookout for dangerous toys. The Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) advised consumers to “be vigilant” this holiday season in its “Trouble in Toyland” report.
Many of the toys cited by PIRG as most dangerous of 2013 included toys that can fit through a special “choke tube” which simulates the size of a 3-year-old’s throat. Other toys were called out for their failure to include a small parts warning, as is required on toys for children between 4 and 6. Other toys failed both a small ball test and were designed to look like food, which could further encourage children to put it the toy in their mouth; contained excessive levels of lead; or presented noise hazards.
While there is not a comprehensive list of potentially hazardous toys, PIRG indicates that the following toys are known hazards and should be purchased with extreme caution.
Toys containing small parts:
Toys containing small parts without necessary small part labels:
Small Ball-Like toys, toy parts, and rounded food toys posing choking hazards:
Near-small parts that may pose choking hazards:
Balloons marketed to children under 8:
Toys containing lead and other toxins:
Las Vegas personal injury lawyers at Ladah Law Firm, PLLC are dedicated to protecting consumers from dangerous toys and other products. We strong recommend that consumers carefully examine all toys carefully for potential hazards before making a purchase. Consumers can report any unsafe toys or toy-related injuries to the CPSC via saferproduct.gov or by calling (800) 638-2772.