Consumer group lists '10 worst toys' of 2017 holiday season

Brunilde Fioravanti
Novembre 21, 2017

A Wisconsin organization has released its annual "Trouble in Toyland" report on toys that parents might want to avoid this holiday season.

The advocacy group noted that in the example of the "Cayla", it has been banned in Germany for privacy violations and is also under investigation by US trade officials. They included balloons, games with small parts and a brass-colored version of the popular fidget spinners. That agency says there were 72 toy-related child deaths between 2010 and 2015, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

As adult items become more connected to the internet, so are toys.

"There are positive things we can do to ensure safety and the industry does those all year long", Lawrence said. Last summer, the Federal Bureau of Investigation also issued a consumer warning about Internet-connected devices, saying that toys containing sensors, microphones, cameras, data storage and other multi-media capabilities could put the privacy and safety of children at risk because of the large amount of personal information that your children - and you, when you're in earshot of the device - might unwittingly disclose. The Fidget Wild, made by Bullseye, had high lead levels and was pulled from Target's toy aisle November 10. When we asked Roles if a particular doll was a good example of a data-collecting toy, he said, "Yes, it asks kids questions and connects to Bluetooth and doesn't necessarily have a secure connection".

Roles says PennPIRG also put Target in its bulls-eye, and after first balking, the retailer pulled two models of unsafe Fidget Spinners off its shelves after finding risky levels of lead. Specifically, balloons have proven to be such serious choking hazards that the Consumer Product Safety Commission has required them to be sold with warning labels for years.

The Brass spinner's center circle tested for 33,000 ppm of lead, which is 300 times the legal limit for children's products.

Parents and caregivers should always shop at reputable stores and online retailers they know and trust, and follow the age-grading on toy packaging. "Lead harms the developing brain and is easily ingested through normal hand to mouth behaviors".

As innovative products continue to emerge, the toy industry works with experts to review and revise toy safety standards whenever necessary.

USPIRG said its researchers found three travel games labeled for children ages three and six years old that contain small parts. The best way to test a toy as one suitable for use by small children, they demostrated, was with a tube test.

NBC reached out for a comment from Genesis Toys, which manufactures the doll, but had not yet received a response. The CPSC consistently lists toys among the safest consumer product categories found in the home.

A Disney-themed "stacking toy" for infants recalled in August, but still available online, also made the list. For more information, families are invited to visit www.PlaySafe.org, The Toy Association's website for parents and caregivers.

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