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Volume 3, December 2011

Dangerous Toys: What to Leave Off Your 2011 Gift List
Condensed by Native Village


Every year, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group publishes a Trouble in Toyland report. This season offers a number of hazardous toys on store shelves. The leading dangers are toys that:

Have pieces small children might choke on
Violate new lead and phthalate limits
Noise volumes may be harmful to children's hearing.


Offenders include household names like Disney, Honda, Hello Kitty and the Sesame Workshop.

Ed Mierzwinski from the U.S. PIRG  warns that if a toy is NOT on this list, don't feel too comfortable. "Parents and toy givers need to know that the CPSC doesn't test all toys and that our report includes only a sampling of potentially hazardous toys. Toys not on our list could pose hazards."


The 2011 Hall of Shame


These toys have pieces that are
choking hazards:
 Wooden blocks set (ToySmith) Sesame Street Oscar Doll
(Sesame Workshop)
Dinosaur multi pack, similar sea life and turtle packs
(Greenbrier International)
HABA fruit in a bag (HABA)
 Green rubber grape (iwako) Orange bear
 Play ball x2
4 dollar box items (Rhode Island Novelty)
Flat baby blocks and square counting blocks
(Greenbrier International))
In 2010, the CPSC recalled more than 3,500,000 toys and children's products because of choking hazards. Since 1990, 400 children died in toy related deaths.  More than half were caused by choking on balloons, small toy parts and small balls.
1.Toys with small parts are banned for kids under age 3. They should also be kept from children of any age who still put things in their mouths. Small balls are especially risky.

2. Latex balloons are not recommended for children under 8. Broken latex balloon parts on the floor are very dangerous to toddlers and crawlers. Even older children risk inhaling a piece of a balloon that explodes while being inflated.

 To test whether a toy or toy part is a choking hazard:  Use a standard toilet paper tube -- (about 1.75 inches in diameter.) If a toy, toy part or ball fits inside, it's hazardous for kids who put things in their mouths.

While the toilet paper tube is larger than the standard "small parts tester," many kids have choked on items  larger than the current standards.  The U.S. PIRG is calling for larger testers
"Think about how the child you are shopping for plays with toys. Do they put thinks in their mouth? Do they have younger siblings? If so, avoid buying toys with small parts -- and be safe."

Rachel Weintraub, director of product safety and senior counsel for the Consumer Federation of America.


These toys may be dangerous due to
high levels of lead or  toxic chemicals
Spritz Medals
Tinkerbell Watch
(Disney Fairies)
Peace Sign Bracelet
(Family Dollar)
Honda Motorcycle
Sleep Mask
Little Hands Love Book
(Piggy Toes Press)
Whirly Wheel
Hello Kitty Eyeshadow/Keychain
(Hello Kitty)
Last year, the CPSC recalled almost 200,000 individual toy units for violating lead standards. Lead interferes with nervous system development and causes other health issues. It's extra dangerous for children.
To avoid lead hazards,
Don't buy metal jewelry for kids.
Don't let kids chew on brightly colored plastic or wooden toys. 

Pay attention to age labels on toys. There are safety implications to those labels.


These toys are

noise hazards

Elmo's World Talking Cell Phone
Victorious Stereo Headphones
Hotwheels' Super Stunt RAT BOMB





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