Just in time for Black Friday: The 2012 Trouble in Toyland report is here! And believe me, you'll definitely want to check out the U.S. Public Interest Research Group's 27th annual survey of toy safety before you do any holiday shopping, because there are more than a few surprises
on the list this year. Of course, some of these are sort of no-brainer
dangers, at least for most parents; then again, if the same old problems
keep popping up year after year, maybe we're not all as aware as we
need to be when it comes to toy safety -- especially the companies
MAKING the toys.
Among the U.S. PIRG's "key findings" this season: Lead, phthalate and even noise levels in many toys are still hazardously high; too many toys pose choking hazards, and potentially lethal magnets continue to be used. Yikes! Be sure to view the full report here. But for now, a few possible offenders to watch out for:
Dragster Cars$4.99, zwindups.com
Toxic chemicals (phthalates are developmental hazard):
Dora Backpackavailable at Target, price N/A
Toxic chemicals (lead):
Morphobotavailable at Dollar Tree Stores
CAT Honk & Rumble Wheelavailable at Toys-R-Us
Are you worried about anything on your kid's toy wish list being unsafe?