Bringing Light to Unsafe Toys

Drats! Looks like a few disappointed kids have some reconsidering to do on their wish lists to Santa. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pencil bag in the photo has suspect pigment and is on this year’s list of unsafe toys from PIRGIM.

Drats! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pencil bag in the photo has suspect pigment and is on this year’s list of unsafe toys from PIRGIM.

Hopefully, your children received some toys from their wish list for Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa. But parents beware, the Public Interest Research Group in Michigan announced dangerous toys can still be found at retailers nationwide.

The good news, according to PIRGIM’s 28th annual Trouble in Toyland report, is stronger rules helped get some of the most dangerous toys and children’s products off the market the past five years.

PIRGIM’s report reveals the results of laboratory testing on toys for lead, cadmium and phthalates. All of these toxins are proven to have serious adverse health impacts on the development of young children. The survey also found small toys that pose a choking hazard; loud toys that threaten hearing and toy magnets that can cause serious injury.

“It’s the unseen dangers that trouble me, lead and phthalates,” explains Donna Bucciarelli, RN, trauma prevention coordinator, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak; and education program manager, Safety City U.S.A., a Beaumont Children’s Hospital program. “Thanks to the ongoing efforts of PIRGIM, parents and gift-givers can purchase safer, less toxic toys.”

One key finding from the “Trouble in Toyland” report shows toys with high levels of toxic substances can still be found on store shelves. PIRGIM found toys with high lead levels including a toddler toy with 29 times the legal limit of lead and play jewelry for children with 2 times the legal limit. They also found an infant play mat with high levels of the toxic metal antimony, and a child’s pencil case with high levels of phthalates and cadmium.

To help you choose the safest toys for your children, U.S. PIRG put together Toy Safety Tips at www.ToySafetyTips.org.

The Ecology Center, a non-profit group in Michigan, has also teamed up with environmental health organizations around the country and  lists some toys with toxic levels on their Healthy Stuff site.

1 Response to “Bringing Light to Unsafe Toys”


  1. 1 children toy April 2, 2015 at 12:07 am

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