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Report highlights dangers of toys for Pennsylvania children

Toys are continually marketed that may be dangerous for our children. Dangerous toys are something we especially need to keep in mind as we are in the midst of the holiday shopping season.

A report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) had a number of key findings concerning children safety and toys:

  • At least two toys were found with lead exceeding acceptable levels set by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), and four other toys had lead levels exceeding the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations.
  • Phthalates, which have been shown to have negative effects on children in the womb, were found in at least two toys where levels exceeded 42 to 77 times respectively as recommended by the CPSIA.
  • Choking hazards on any number of toys have caused the death of over 200 children, and even toys that met certain safety standards still were at risk of children choking.
  • Hearing loss is attributed to certain toys that continuously released noise between 65 to 85 decibels.

Many of the toys listed in the PIRG report were relatively inexpensive and easily obtainable by families. Though there has been criticism of such reports as the danger of toys being taken out of context of other regulations, parents must still be informed of risks and hazards that children may be exposed to in the use of such toys.

Hopefully such reports will force manufacturers to design and market safer toys, but the advice of such reports is often ignored. Product liability lawsuits are often what keep such manufacturers in line. Though it may already be too late for a child already injured by a toy, such a lawsuit may prevent a toy manufacturer from marketing other toys in the future that may present dangers to children.

Source: Philly.com, "Pointlessly dangerous toys, 2011 edition," Nov. 22, 2011

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