Warning for holiday shoppers about "toxic toys"; new report from consumer interest group

Group finds a dozen potentially dangerous toys

(WXYZ) - Some toys you bring home for the holidays, may not be safe for your children.  The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) released it's annual report on "Trouble in Toyland."   The group studied more than 200 toys on store shelves at major retailers and dollar stores and determined a dozen of them could be dangerous to kids.

Safety Guidelines & List of Troubled Toys

 Click the link for PIRG to get safety guidelines and a list of troubled toys . Below are a few things the group wants you to beware of when shopping:

 Dora The Explorer Guitar: 

PIRG says it's too loud and tested slightly above the limit that hearing experts recommend.

  Dragster Car:

The report indicates it has small rubber traction bands on the wheels that could be a choking hazard. It also has a warning label consideed "too tiny."

  Magnet Toys & Jewelry

 PIRG says this is a big concern:

 The group  cited government estimates of 1,700 emergency room visits between 2009 and 2011 involving the ingestion of high-powered magnets. Most of the cases involved children between 4 and 12 years old.  PIRG says older children have accidentally ingested the balls while trying to mimic tongue piercings.

The magnets, such as the ones in the popular Buckyball desktop toys, can apparently cling together if swallowed, pinch internal tissue and lead to serious injuries.


   This summer, the Consumer Product Safety Commission sued New York-based Maxfield and Oberton, the maker of the Buckyball desktop toys, to stop their sale. The finger-play toys are designed for adults, but CPSC said it was seeing too many injuries involving children. Maxfield has maintained the toys are for adults, marketed to adults and carry clear warning labels -- but it announced last month that it would stop making the Buckyball series. CPSC is considering a ban on similar magnet sets.

Other Findings

   PIRG found one toy that violated the new stricter lead limits. It found no toys or jewelry that exceeded the voluntary industry limits for cadmium. Both metals can delay brain development in children, leading to learning disabilities.

   PIRG also did not find phthalates -- chemicals that are used to make plastic products softer but can cause health problems -- above the federal standard in the toys it tested.


These are less of a concern compared to previous years because a product safety law in 2008 called for  stricter limits on metals and chemicals in toys.