These Toys May Pose Choking Hazards and Privacy Risks, According to Report

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group's 32nd annual report includes findings about balloons, fidget spinners and data-collecting toys.

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Christmas is right around the corner, but some of these toys may not be "Santa-approved."

Palmetto Health Children's Hospital shared the U.S. Public Interest Research Group's 32nd annual "Trouble in Toyland" report, which studies dangerous or toxic toys.

Some key findings include high levels of lead in fidget spinners, inadequate or misleading labels for toys with small parts, and balloons and toys that pose a choking hazard.

Data-collecting toys were also highlighted for their possibility to violate children's privacy and consumer protection laws.

In July, the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a warning to consumers to “consider cyber security prior to introducing smart, interactive, internet-connected toys into their homes.”

The report also includes a list of toys that have been recalled over the past year.

"It is illegal to sell a recalled product under Consumer Product Safety Commission rules, but the report shows that recalled toys are being sold to unsuspecting consumers online,” said Jeff Holloway, a pediatrician and sports medicine physician at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. 

The Toy Association, a trade group that represents toy manufacturers, disagreed with the findings, saying that many of the toys listed were previously recalled.

"In typical fashion, PIRG has resorted to simply listing recalled toys because they couldn’t find safety violations among the toys that are on the market. As a result, the group is needlessly frightening parents and caregivers during what is supposed to be a joyful time of year.

"Recalls are very rare – typically, only 0.003 percent of the three billion toys sold each year in the U.S. are recalled. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), toy recalls have declined dramatically in recent years. The CPSC consistently lists toys among the safest consumer product categories found in the home."
 
"It is concerning that several of the items in PIRG’s report are NOT toys (hoverboards, dishes, balloons, etc.) The inclusion of these products in a supposed “toy” safety report undermines the toy industry’s deep and ongoing commitment to ensuring that toys are safe."

Click here to view the full report.

2017 Trouble in Toyland Report by WLTX on Scribd

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