Consumer group U.S. PIRG has released its 30th annual Trouble in Toyland report, which features potentially hazardous toys for kids. Below is a rundown of playthings you'd be wise to steer clear of this holiday shopping season.
Slinky Jr., Magnetic Numbers, and a Minions locking pencil case. What do these items have in common? They contain chromium and are not safe for child play as, according to the CDC, exposure to this substance is linked to allergic skin reactions, respiratory problems, and even cancer. Also on the group's list is the Fun Bubbles Jump Rope, which contains phthalate, a chemical used in making plastic.
The toys to make this sublist are magnets of the noise-making variety. Make sure Santa knows not to stuff stockings with Singing Magnets or Sonic Sound Sizzlers.
Babies' ears are very sensitive and can be damaged by sounds that are too loud. The AAP recommends noise does not exceed 50 dBA for infants in hospital nurseries. With that in mind, these toys are too loud for safe play: VTech Smart Wheels, Smart Animals, and Spin and Learn Color Flashlight. The Fisher Price Click n Learn Remote also poses a noise hazard, as does Leap Frog Fridge Phonics.
Eleven toys on this year's Trouble in Toyland report pose a potential choking hazard for kids. It's no surprise water balloons appear on here, but from Nickelodeon's Mermaid Dora, to Disney Pixar's Riplash Racers, and a Disney Planes item, there are several popular brands represented in this group.
Be sure to check out the entire report before heading to the mall!
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