"Trouble in Toyland" report identifies dangerous toys

By: Christy Dimond Email
By: Christy Dimond Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- You may want to think twice about which toys you buy your little ones this holiday season. Colorado Public Interest Research Group, CoPRIG, announced its 27th annual "Trouble in Toyland" report today.

The report shows a variety of toys available on store shelves currently that pose risks to kids' health, including toys containing lead and phthalates. Phthalates are a chemical toxin used to make plastic softer, but have been connected to adverse reproductive and development health effects.

"Black Friday is right around the corner, so as parents are looking to buy toys for their children to bring joy into their lives. They need to be extra vigilant to make sure they are buying safe toys and avoiding any hazards that are still on the market today," said Lisa Ritland, Field Director for CoPRIG.

Other health concerns include toys that are too loud. One in five children will have hearing loss by the time they reach age 12, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, and Ritland said it's important for parents to recognize when toys make too much noise.

To prevent hearing loss from toys, CoPRIG advises parents to place tape over the part of the toy producing the sound to muffle it.

"Trouble in Toyland" findings show some components of toys are choking hazards, although the toy may not be labeled accordingly. Parents are urged to test toys at home by dropping them through an empty toilet paper roll. If the toy can fit through, Ritland said it's too small and a hazard for any child under age three.

For the full report and for a list of which toys CoPRIG identified as dangerous, visit the related link below.


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