Did Your Child Unwrap a Dangerous Toy This Holiday Season?

by Carmen Dellutri on January 13, 2012

Fort Myers  personal injury attorneyNow that all of the gifts are unwrapped, we caution parents to make sure that all of the toys their children may have received are safe. Dangerous toys can still be found on America’s store shelves, according to U.S. Public Interest Research Group’s 26th annual Trouble in Toyland report.

The report reveals the results of laboratory testing on toys for lead and phthalates, both of which have been proven to have serious adverse health impacts on the development of young children. In addition, the survey discovered dangerous toys that pose either choking or noise hazards.

Key findings from the report include:

  • Toys with high levels of toxic substances are still on store shelves. Two toys contain levels of phthalates – a chemical that poses development hazards for small children -- at 40 and 70 times allowable limits. Several toys violate current allowable lead limits (300ppm). Lead has negative health effects on almost every organ and system in the human body.
  • Despite a ban on small parts in toys for children under three, U.S. PIRG found toys available in stores that still pose choking hazards.
  • U.S. PIRG also found toys that are potentially harmful to children’s ears and exceed the hearing standards recommended by the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

“Parents and toy givers need to remember that while the CPSC is doing a good job, it doesn’t test all toys on the shelves. Consumers should also remember that toys that are not on our list of examples could also pose hazards,” U.S. PIRG’s Nasima Hossain concluded. “The message of today is clear. We cannot, must not, weaken the most basic safety rules that protect young children, America's littlest consumers."

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured by a defective product, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Florida injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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