PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Toxic or dangerous toys can still be found on America’s store shelves. That’s according to the Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group’s 26th annual Trouble in Toyland report.
For 26 years, the PennPIRG Trouble in Toyland report has offered safety guidelines for purchasing toys for small children and provided examples of toys currently on store shelves that pose potential safety hazards.
Key findings from the report include:
Toys with high levels of toxic substances are still on store shelves, and that includes lead and phthalates – a chemical that poses development hazards for small children.
Despite a ban on small parts in toys for children under three, PennPIRG found toys available in stores that still pose choking hazards.
They also found toys that are potentially harmful to children’s ears and exceed the hearing standards recommended by the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
Reported by Jim Donovan, CBS3