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

Posted: Nov 21, 2012 5:15 PM by Kerry Leary
Updated: Nov 21, 2012 10:06 PM

Rating: 0.0 (0 votes)

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.

  • News

    Sparta police chief on leave after dog shot

    Sparta police chief on leave after dog shot

    Posted 6:56 AM 11/26/2015 by The Associated Press

    SPARTA (AP) - A southwest Missouri police chief has been placed on leave after killing a pit bull.

    The Springfield News-Leader reports that Sparta Police Chief Andrew Spencer was placed on leave Tuesday.

    A police report says a resident told Spencer earlier this month that (More)

  • News

    Bondswoman dies after exchanging gunfire with authorities

    Bondswoman dies after exchanging gunfire with authorities

    Posted 5:40 AM 11/26/2015 by The Associated Press

    OZARK (AP) - A Missouri woman has been found dead after shooting at bail bondsmen and exchanging gunfire with law enforcement.

    Sgt. Jason Pace, of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, identified the woman killed Wednesday afternoon as Somer Brook Speer, of Ozark. She also is a bondwoman (More)

  • News

    Hundreds expected to receive meals in Thanksgiving tradition

    Hundreds expected to receive meals in Thanksgiving tradition

    Posted 5:37 AM 11/26/2015 by Eric Yount, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Dozens of turkeys were cooked Wednesday in preparation for a community meal Thanksgiving day.

    This marks the 18th year of Almeta Crayton's Community Programs "Everybody Eats."  A full Thanksgiving meal will be available to guests at Stamper Commons on the Stephens College (More)

  • News

    Mission Drive developers ask for help funding road expansion

    Posted 6:14 PM 11/25/2015 by Taylor Stevens, KOMU 8 Reporter

    JEFFERSON CITY - The developers of a proposed shopping center off of Mission Drive asked the Cole County Commission for $800,000 to extend the road to the site. The Harvard Company, LLC is working to develop a site near Highway 179 that would include restaurants and retail stores among other (More)

  • Adv. - more news below

  • Target 8

    TARGET 8: School closings stay consistent with snow data

    Posted 1:08 PM 11/3/2015 by Collin Ruane & Emma Nicolas, KOMU 8 Reporters

    BOONVILLE - It's almost that time of year again. Students across mid-Missouri will anxiously wait to see if they get any snow days this school year. But are students getting more days off for less snow?

    To find the answer to that question, KOMU 8 News went through more than a decade worth (More)

  • News

    Organization wants Missourians to "can the grease"

    Posted 12:02 PM 11/25/2015 by Steve Dawson, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Cooking grease can cost homeowners money if it's improperly disposed of.

    This holiday season, Missouri American Water is launching a state-wide campaign to "can the grease."

    Instead of pouring cooking grease down the drain, the organization urged residents to put used (More)

  • News

    Community rebuilds after arson fire damages downtown businesses

    Community rebuilds after arson fire damages downtown businesses

    Posted 3:49 PM 11/25/2015 by Ashton Day, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    MOBERLY - A Moberly clothing store held its grand reopening Wednesday night, two weeks after a fire damaged its previous building.

    The Nov. 7 arson fire caused extensive smoke damage to Encore, a women's clothing shop.

    Two other businesses closed due to the fire. Duval (More)

  • News

    Columbia Tribune Black Friday edition "too big," causes delay

    Posted 1:53 PM 11/25/2015 by Ashton Day, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    COLUMBIA – The Columbia Daily Tribune announced on its website Wednesday that it’s Black Friday edition was too big.

    The large amount of Black Friday ads prevented the Tribune from being able to package through its inserting equipment. Staff members had to package the paper by (More)

  • Adv. - more news below

  • News

    Judge hears testimony in case of St. Louis Zoo gun ban

    Judge hears testimony in case of St. Louis Zoo gun ban

    Posted 1:51 PM 11/25/2015 by The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A judge heard testimony as he considers lifting the St. Louis Zoo policy that prohibits patrons from entering the zoo with guns.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that St. Louis Circuit Judge Joan Moriarty issued a temporary order on June 12 upholding the ban (More)

  • News

    MU for Planned Parenthood hopes Foley responds before deadline

    Posted 1:48 PM 11/25/2015 by Annisa Budiman, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA – Mizzou students in support for Planned Parenthood are struggling to start a conversation with MU Interim Chancellor Hank Foley on the decision for Planned Parenthood to stop providing safe abortions.

    Jordan Hoyt, a member of the group, said their effort to schedule (More)

KOMU First Alert Weather

Most Popular Right Now

Select a station to view its upcoming show schedule: KOMU 8 CW Mid-Missouri's CW

Coming Up Next

7:00 amToday
9:00 amThe 89th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
12:00 pmThe National Dog Show

Tonight's Schedule

7:00 pmFootball Night in America
7:30 pmNFL on Thanksgiving

Coming Up Next

8:00 amThe Steve Wilkos Show
9:00 amThe Steve Wilkos Show
10:00 amCrazy Talk

Tonight's Schedule

7:00 pmWhose Line Is It Anyway?
7:30 pmWhose Line Is It Anyway?
8:00 pmWhose Line Is It Anyway?
8:30 pmWhose Line Is It Anyway?
9:00 pmKOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30 pmSeinfeld