Kane In Your Corner: Unsafe toys

There's "Trouble in Toyland" according to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, which released its annual list of toys it says could be hazardous to kids. This year's report identifies more than

News 12 Staff

Nov 25, 2015, 4:39 AM

Updated 3,069 days ago

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Kane In Your Corner: Unsafe toys
There's "Trouble in Toyland" according to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, which released its annual list of toys it says could be hazardous to kids.
This year's report identifies more than 20 toys it says could pose choking threats, contained high levels of chromium or other toxic substances, or could be harmful if swallowed. In some cases, the toys were simply loud; PIRG says its tests found they could potentially cause hearing loss.
NJ PIRG Toxics Campaign Director Carli Jensen says the group would like to see greater federal regulation of what she calls "near small parts", parts that are big enough to pass the standard "choke tube" test, but which she says might still potentially pose a choking hazard. Jensen says that's especially true with small magnets. "If two of them are ingested, they can attach to each other through internal tissue and they can cause many health problems and even death."
Carol Ann Giardelli, director of Safe Kids New Jersey, warned about small coin-sized batteries that power some toys and musical greeting cards, saying they can burn a hole in a toddler's esophagus if swallowed.
The toy industry objects to the annual list. In a statement released in advance of PIRG's annual list, the Toy Industry Association said "All toys sold in the U.S. are highly regulated...and must meet more than 100 safety standard requirements". The group accuses PIRG and other groups of "needlessly frightening parents during an otherwise joyful time of year."
PIRG, however, insists its research is valid. "The validity of our research is amply demonstrated by the over 150 recalls and other actions that have happened as a result of our 30 years of these reports," Jensen says.


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