Key findings from the report include:
• Toys with high levels of toxic substances are still in stores. For example, several toys with high lead levels including a toddler toy with 29 times the legal limit of lead (2900 ppm), play jewelry for children with 2 times the legal limit (200 ppm), infant play mat with high levels of the toxic metal antimony, and a child’s pencil case with high levels of phthalates and cadmium.
|Monster High Skelita Halloween Costume wig contained 80 ppm antimony|
Marvel Superhero Squad Soft Shield, often used as a part of costumes contained 2,900 ppm lead – 29 times the legal limit
• Despite a ban on small parts in toys for children under three, there are still toys available in stores that pose choking hazards.
|Hasbro’s Littlest Pet Shop products contained small parts but do not display a choking hazard warning label for children under 6 years|
• Small powerful magnets that pose a dangerous threat to children if swallowed are still used in toys found in stores.
It’s important for adults to know what is a safe and appropriate toy to purchase for your favorite kids this gift-giving season. Review the suggestions Prevent Blindness Texas and Prevent Blindness America provide in order to ensure a safe and happy holiday.