Trouble in Toyland
(Las Vegas-KXNT) A warning for parents about to tackle their child’s Christmas wish list. A new report out by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group shows that some potentially dangerous toys can still be found on the shelves at major retailers across the nation.
The U.S PIRG purchased toys from retailers like Toys “R” Us and Walmart and found several areas of concern. They were specifically looking into 4 major areas including choking hazards, noise levels, magnets and toxic chemicals. The research shows some problem areas across the board from manufactures including Mattel and Leap Frog. For example, they believe the Leap Frog Chat and Count Smart Phone is too loud for toddlers. They also found choking hazards like balloon-style punching bags and magnets at other stores.
While the group says their findings are not all-inclusive, they want it to serve as a reminder to parents to be careful when purchasing toys. If you are worried about choking dangers, the group recommends using an empty toilet paper roll. If a toy slips through the opening, it is too small for children under the age of 3.
Batteries are another worry area. With so many toys needing batteries, Dr. Meena Vohra, Medical Director of the Children’s Hospital of Nevada, says to watch your child carefully. Just a few months ago, a local toddler died after he accidentally swallowed a battery.
If you would like to see the U.S PIRG detailed report and recommendations, click HERE.