Group Releases "2012 Dangerous Toys" in Time for Black Friday

3 years 8 months 4 days ago November 21, 2012 Nov 21, 2012 Wednesday, November 21 2012 Wednesday, November 21, 2012 5:15:00 PM CST in News
By: Kerry Leary

BOSTON - Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) released its 2012 report "Troubled in Toyland" just in time for Black Friday shoppers. The report details dangerous toys including choking hazards, toxic toys, magnet hazards, lead and noise hazards among the dangers.

The report lists toys that could cause choking because of unlabeled small parts or toys categorized in the wrong age group. These include:

  • "Dragster" cars by Z Windups
  • "Bowling Game" by Cool Novelty Products, Inc.
  • "Ball on a stick launcher" by R T Toy
  • "Play Food" by WalMart
  • "Golfing game" by Aoxing Toys

According to the research director, the best way to test if a toy is a choking hazard for a three year old is to see if it fits through a toilet paper roll. According to the research, between 1990 and 2011, more than 200 children died from choking incidents.

PIRG also listed toxic toys, including a "Dora the Explorer" backpack by Global Design Concepts, Inc. because of high levels of phthalates, and "Morphobot" by GreenBrier International, Inc. was cited because of high levels of lead. PIRG notes, "Exposure to lead can affect almost every organ and system in the human body, especially the central nervous system. Lead is especially toxic to the brains of young children and can cause permanent mental and developmental impairments; it has no business being in children's products."

Magnet hazards were also a concern because, "If one magnet is in the stomach and another is in the small intestine, for example, they can cling together and quickly work their way through tissue, perforating the wall or creating a hole. Two or more magnets attracted to each other in the intestine can create a bowel obstruction or perforation." Snake Eggs by GreenBrier International, Inc. was cited for dangerous magnets.

Toys were also cited for noise hazards, meaning some toys test at higher decibel levels than recommended by hearing experts. These include the "Dora Tunes Guitar" by Fisher-Price,
"Honk and Rumble Wheel" by Toy State, and "FunKeys Car Keys" by Maison Joseph Battat Ltd.

KOMU 8 News spoke with a local daycare provider about dangerous toys and her habits regarding the selection of toys at the Child Learning and Development Center in Columbia.

"We look for safety. We don't want any sharp edges, any small pieces that detach themselves from the main part of it," Director Rachel Hutson said. "We look for durability, we look for paint that is part of the plastic, not something that can remove itself."

Hutson said the Child Learning and Development Center gets the majority of its toys from catalogs, discount school supply or oriental trading and says the safety of the children is the most important focus for the company.

The report warns shoppers to be vigilant this holiday season while shopping for children's toys. For more tips, check out the Toy Safety website.

More News

Grid
List
FREDERICKTOWN (AP) — A lengthy standoff in the eastern Missouri town of Fredericktown has reached a peaceful conclusion. ... More >>
1 hour ago July 27, 2016 Jul 27, 2016 Wednesday, July 27 2016 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 8:53:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The city of St. Louis has been ordered to pay nearly $1.5 million in damages to... More >>
1 hour ago July 27, 2016 Jul 27, 2016 Wednesday, July 27 2016 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 8:41:23 AM CDT in News
INDEPENDENCE (AP) — The reward for information in the July 2013 stabbing death of an Independence man has grown to... More >>
2 hours ago July 27, 2016 Jul 27, 2016 Wednesday, July 27 2016 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 7:47:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia hosted a Central Neighborhood follow-up meeting Tuesday evening as a part of its Strategic... More >>
3 hours ago July 27, 2016 Jul 27, 2016 Wednesday, July 27 2016 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 7:21:00 AM CDT in News
CHILLICOTHE (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered flags to fly at half-staff in a northern Missouri county to remember... More >>
3 hours ago July 27, 2016 Jul 27, 2016 Wednesday, July 27 2016 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 6:51:13 AM CDT in News
CLAYTON (AP) — St. Louis County prosecutors are seeking to increase the bond for a man accused of shooting a... More >>
5 hours ago July 27, 2016 Jul 27, 2016 Wednesday, July 27 2016 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 4:23:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - After nearly two months of construction on the Business Loop exit off of I-70, the ramp is set... More >>
7 hours ago July 27, 2016 Jul 27, 2016 Wednesday, July 27 2016 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 2:41:00 AM CDT in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A man accused of sexual abuse in a pending civil lawsuit is suing Missouri Republican gubernatorial... More >>
14 hours ago July 26, 2016 Jul 26, 2016 Tuesday, July 26 2016 Tuesday, July 26, 2016 7:48:43 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police have a new truck — an ice cream truck. Police on... More >>
16 hours ago July 26, 2016 Jul 26, 2016 Tuesday, July 26 2016 Tuesday, July 26, 2016 6:16:23 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A southwest Missouri church whose members are from Micronesia says six of its members have been... More >>
16 hours ago July 26, 2016 Jul 26, 2016 Tuesday, July 26 2016 Tuesday, July 26, 2016 6:11:49 PM CDT in News
CLAYTON (AP) — The Municipal League of Metropolitan St. Louis has filed suit challenging a requirement that the region's cities... More >>
16 hours ago July 26, 2016 Jul 26, 2016 Tuesday, July 26 2016 Tuesday, July 26, 2016 6:09:39 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Opponents of a cigarette tax hike that would benefit early childhood programs have filed two new... More >>
16 hours ago July 26, 2016 Jul 26, 2016 Tuesday, July 26 2016 Tuesday, July 26, 2016 6:06:13 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis has its first-ever chief resilience officer, a position created to help the city prepare... More >>
16 hours ago July 26, 2016 Jul 26, 2016 Tuesday, July 26 2016 Tuesday, July 26, 2016 6:02:50 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri delegates to the Democratic National Convention got a surprise visit from Vermont Sen.... More >>
16 hours ago July 26, 2016 Jul 26, 2016 Tuesday, July 26 2016 Tuesday, July 26, 2016 6:00:00 PM CDT in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY- Callaway County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 27-year-old Courtney Hutchason and referenced a vehicle theft. On July 4,... More >>
16 hours ago July 26, 2016 Jul 26, 2016 Tuesday, July 26 2016 Tuesday, July 26, 2016 5:50:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Jay Nixon issued a statement regarding the Missouri Supreme Court’s ruling, upholding his veto of a... More >>
17 hours ago July 26, 2016 Jul 26, 2016 Tuesday, July 26 2016 Tuesday, July 26, 2016 5:20:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY- A former bank vice president was sentenced Tuesday afternoon for leading a $4.1 million conspiracy to defraud the... More >>
17 hours ago July 26, 2016 Jul 26, 2016 Tuesday, July 26 2016 Tuesday, July 26, 2016 4:49:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Weathertech Restoration, LLC and its owner, Eric Kroesen, agreed to settlement Monday after taking upfront payments for... More >>
17 hours ago July 26, 2016 Jul 26, 2016 Tuesday, July 26 2016 Tuesday, July 26, 2016 4:30:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 81°
11am 82°
12pm 83°
1pm 85°
2pm 87°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00a
Today
11:00a
Rachael Ray
12:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Noon
10:00a
Crazy Talk
10:30a
Crazy Talk
11:00a
Cheaters

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
America's Got Talent
8:00p
The Night Shift
9:00p
NBC News Special: 2016 Democratic National Convention
7:00p
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
8:00p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
8:30p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld