Thursday, December 20, 2012

Trouble in Toyland

Since Prevent Blindness America named December as Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month, we thought it only fitting to look back on the most dangerous toys in 2012.

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) released its 27th annual Trouble in Toyland survey last month and revealed that generally, most toys are safer than ever before. 

However, there were still a few toys that proved to be dangerous. Tests on the Morphobot revealed a high lead content that exceeded the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards. PIRG stated, “Lead is especially toxic to the brains of young children and can cause permanent mental and developmental impairments; it has no business being in child’s products.”

Buckyball magnets can pinch fingers and can cause severe internal damage if swallowed. It can also be considered a choking hazard if it falls in the hands of young kids. 

The Dora Tunes Guitar is considered to be too loud. The guitar is a potential noise hazard for kids and can cause hearing loss.

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