Dangerous Child Toys of 2013

Each year at Christmas millions of children get new toys. Unfortunately, sometimes these toys end up being dangerous and can cause the child playing with it to be harmed. Dangerous toys can be any type of toys that carries risks such as deafening, choking or lead poisoning according to NBC News. While there is no list that is complete and has every single dangerous toy listed on it, there are types of toys to be wary of.

Toys With Small Pieces

Greenbrier international makes a Princess Wand that was available at dollar stores for $1.

Toys that have both small arts and violations on the label

• Greenbrier International Bead Kit also at Dollar Store for $1
• Hasbro Littlest Pet Shop
o #2744 Horse
o #3133 Candyswirl Dreams
o Sunil Nevla
o #3317 Candyswirl Dreams Collection
o Seal and Dolphins
All of the Hasbro Littlest Pet Shop Toys could be found at Kmart and Wal-Mart for prices between $3.99 and $4.49.

Small toy or parts with round or ball shapes that pose choking hazards

• Swimways Gobble Gobble Guppies Kmart $14.99
• Geoffrey LLC Super Play Food Set Toys R Us $19.99

Toys with parts that are small and pose hazards for choking

Mattel Fisher-Price Loving Family Outdoor Barbecue Kmart $22.99
Balloons that are marketed to children who are under 8
Toy Investments, Inc. Punch Balloons Toys R Us $.98

All of these toys were deemed dangerous by the U. S. Public Interest Research Group. The most common cause of deaths that are toy related is choking on small parts. There is a tube used by the U. S. Public Interest Research Group that is called a choke tube. It simulates the size of the throat of a 3 year old child and measures 2 1/4‘’ x 1 ¼’’. If a toy or a piece of a toy fits that tube then it is deemed dangerous.

Another thing that can immediately land a toy on the list is toys that are not labeled as having small parts for children who are between 4 and 6. If a toy is designed to look like food and thereby encourages a child to try to eat it or if it fails the small ball tests then it will also immediately hit the list.
If a toy has lead in it such as the Captain America Soft Shield then it will also go on the list.

There was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pencil Case that made it onto the list due to it containing one of the phthalates in addition to levels of cadmium that were deemed excessive.
Toys can also be deemed dangerous if a child can stick it in their ears. The Chat & Count Smart Phone made the list due to the volume being 20 decibels over the limit.
The bottom line is this: Be smart when choosing toys for children…not just at Christmas but year round. If you have doubts about the safety of a toy then walk away from it.


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