Consumer toy report warns parents of internet-connected toys

AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) — As families get ready to chip away at their child’s Christmas wish list, there are some toys that should require a second look due to possible dangers.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group released its 32nd annual “Trouble in Toyland” report. The group compiles a list of potentially hazardous toys that be found on store shelves.

Among the toys surveyed this year, the group found several toys that could be choking hazards and some toys with lead amounts that exceed federal stands. Two fidget spinners that had high amounts of lead were pulled by Target on Nov. 10.

As adult items become more connected to the internet, so are toys. One doll the report highlighted was the “My Friend Cayla” toy. Last year, three consumer advocate groups warned parents about a third party collecting the data from the toy and your child’s voice. The toy has been banned in Germany for privacy reasons.

Other key things to look out for:

  • Small Parts: Despite a ban on small parts in toys for children under the age of three, the group found several toys that contain small parts, but do not have any warning label at all. These included a peg game, golf, and football travel games that were found at Dollar Tree.
  • Lead: The report found two fidget spinners from Target which had dangerously high levels of lead, well over the federal legal limit of 100 parts per million (ppm) for lead in children’s products.
    Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass which we purchased at Target and is distributed by Bulls i Toy, L.L.C.: the center circle tested for 33,000 ppm of lead, which is more than 300 times the legal limit for lead in children’s products.
    Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal which we also purchased at Target and is distributed by Bulls i Toy, L.L.C.: the center circle tested for 1,300 ppm of lead.

The report also includes a list of toys that have been recalled from Oct. 20, 2016 to Oct. 5, 2017. Click here for the full report.

 

Article from KXAN.com

 

 


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