Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and the Connecticut Public Interest Research Group (ConnPIRG) teamed up to unveil the 32nd annual Trouble in Toyland report.
The report exposes a variety of dangerous toys on local store shelves including fidget spinners full of lead, inadequately-labeled toys and balloons, and data-collecting toys that may violate children’s privacy and other consumer protection laws. The report also includes a list of toys that have been recalled over the past year.
Key findings from the report include:
- Lead: Two fidget spinners from Target had dangerously high levels of lead, well over the federal legal limit of 100 parts per million (ppm) for lead in children’s products
- Small Parts: Despite a ban on small parts in toys for children under the age of three, several toys have been found to contain small parts but do not have any warning at all.
- Balloons are responsible for more choking deaths among children than any other toy or children’s products.
- Data-Collecting Toys: As toymakers produce more and more products that are part of the “Internet of Things,” data collection and the sharing of consumer information become greater concerns.
To view the full report, visit www.toysafetytips.org.