Dangerous toys remain on store shelves

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The Ohio Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) has released its annual report on the most dangerous toys on the market.  In the recent report, the research group found that toys containing hazardous lead levels and toys that pose choking and noise dangers can still be found on retailers’ shelves.

The Ohio PIRG reported 17 toy-related deaths in 2010. 11 of those deaths resulted from choking.

The U.S. PIRG examined more than 200 toys and found 12 toys that it believes are dangerous, including a Dora guitar, a dragster car, and a novelty magnetic desktop toy.

“We should be able to trust that the toys we buy are safe. However, until that’s the case, parents need to watch out for common hazards when shopping for toys,” said Nasima Hossain of the U.S. PIRG.

World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (“W.A.T.C.H.”), an advocacy group, released its annual “10 Worst Toys” list.  Included on the list of dangerous toys is a water balloon launcher, Vtech’s “Explore and Learn Helicopter” and “Super Samurai Shogun Helmet.”  This year’s worst toy list focused on toys sold over the Internet.  W.A.T.C.H. warned parents that buying toys via the Internet can make it difficult to see obvious hazards since the consumer cannot see or touch the toy before the purchase.  In addition, W.A.T.C.H. found that many online toys have warnings that are “inconsistent with those supplied by manufacturers” or are absent altogether.

“Such omissions and inconsistencies regarding important safety information can lead to misinformed, and potentially dangerous, consumer purchases,” said the W.A.T.C.H. news release.

In the last 27 years, the research group has been successful in having 150 dangerous toys recalled.  The Ohio PIRG states that stricter regulations are needed in order to mitigate the dangers of these defective products.

For more information, contact the Ohio dangerous toy lawyers at Clark, Perdue & List.

Source: NBC4i, “Dangerous, toxic toys still on the shelves,” Steve Wainfor, November 20, 2012.