Most Dangerous Toys Of 2013

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:

  • Princess Wand made by Greenbrier International, sold at Dollar Store for $1

Toys containing small parts without necessary small part labels:

  • Bead Kit made by Greenbrier International, sold at Dollar Store for $1
  • Littlest Pet Shop – #2744 Horse made by Hasbro, sold at Kmart for $3.99
  • Littlest Pet Shop – Candyswirl Dreams Collection #3313 made by Hasbro, sold at Wal-Mart for $4.49
  • Littlest Pet Shop- Sunil Nevla made by Hasbro, sold at Wal-Mart for $3.99
  • Littlest Pet Shop-Candyswirl Dreams Collection #3317, sold at Wal-Mart for $4.49
  • Littlest Pet Shop- Seal and Dolphins made by Hasbro, sold at Kmart for $4.49

Small Ball-Like toys, toy parts, and rounded food toys posing choking hazards:

  • Gobble Gobble Guppies made by Swimways, sold at Kmart for $14.99
  • Super Play Food Set made by Geoffrey LLC, sold at Toys-R-Us for $19.99

Near-small parts that may pose choking hazards:

  • Fisher-Price Loving Family Outdoor Barbecue, made by Mattel, sold at Kmart for $22.99

Balloons marketed to children under 8:

  • Punch Balloons made by Toy Investments, Inc, sold at Toys-R-Us for $.98

Noise hazards:

  • Chat & Count Smart Phone which produces 85 decibels of sound when activated – 20 more than the allowable limit.

Toys containing lead and other toxins:

  • Captain America Soft Shield with 2900 parts per million (ppm) of lead – 29 times the legal standard.
  • Ninja Turtles Pencil Case with 150,000 ppm of one of six banned phthalates and excessive levels of cadmium

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.

If your child has been injured by a dangerous or defective toy, contact our law firm today at (702) 252-0055 to schedule a free initial consultation with a skilled Las Vegas personal injury lawyer.