"Be vigilant this holiday," said the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) in its "Trouble in Toyland" report. "There is no comprehensive list of potentially hazardous toys. Examine toys carefully for potential dangers before you make a purchase."
The complete list follows:
Toys containing small parts
Princess Wand made by Greenbrier International, sold at Dollar Store for $1
Toys containing small parts with label violations
Bead Kit made by Greenbrier International, sold at Dollar Store for $1
Littlest Pet Shop - #2744 Horse made by Hasbro, sold at Kmart for $3.99
Littlest Pet Shop – Candyswirl Dreams Collection #3313 made by Hasbro, sold at Wal-Mart for $4.49
Littlest Pet Shop- Sunil Nevla made by Hasbro, sold at Wal-Mart for $3.99
Littlest Pet Shop-Candyswirl Dreams Collection #3317, sold at Wal-Mart for $4.49
Littlest Pet Shop- Seal and Dolphins made by Hasbro, sold at Kmart for $4.49
Small Ball-Like toys, toy parts, and rounded food toys posing choking hazards
Gobble Gobble Guppies made by Swimways, sold at Kmart for $14.99
Super Play Food Set made by Geoffrey LLC, sold at Toys-R-Us for $19.99
Near-small parts that may pose choking hazards
Fisher-Price Loving Family Outdoor Barbecue, made by Mattel, sold at Kmart for $22.99
Balloons marketed to children under 8
Punch Balloons made by Toy Investments, Inc, sold at Toys-R-Us for $.98
"As an industry that creates magical products for children, we hold ourselves to the highest possible standard of care," said the Toy Industration Association in response to the PIRG report. "We educate all toy stakeholders – especially manufacturers and retailers – about these strict U.S. toy safety laws and the mandatory steps necessary to demonstrate compliance with them. If a toy fails to meet these tough national standards, we want that product out of the stream of commerce."
The good news is that after reaching an all-time high of 231 recalls in 2007, largely attributable to an influx of lead-painted toys from China, toy recalls have fallen in recent years. Some of the reduction is attributable to the passage of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, which, among other new restrictions required toy makers and importers to have batches of their products undergo third party safety testing. In 2013 there were 31 toy recalls.
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