Dangerous toys to watch out for this Christmas

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Our Generation: Sydney Lee and Stars in Your Eyes, from Maison Joseph Battat, sold at Target is a choking hazard. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Our Generation: Sydney Lee and Stars in Your Eyes, from Maison Joseph Battat, sold at Target is a choking hazard. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Our Generation: Sydney Lee and Stars in Your Eyes, from Maison Joseph Battat, sold at Target is a choking hazard. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The U.S. and Texas Public Interest Research Group come up with the toy watch list every year. This year the U.S. group looked at chemical content including lead, chromium and phthalates. It also looked at small parts, balloons, magnets and batteries, which are dangerous when ingested, and toys that are excessively noisy.

Your first line of defense, of course, is to make sure that you buy toys that are age-appropriate for your child. This is easier said than done because, of course, younger children always want what they see their older siblings playing with and what they see on TV.

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group recommends:

Shop with its recommendations in hand

Examine toys for potential dangers before buying them

Avoid small parts that are less than 1.25 inches across and up to 2.25 inches long and small balls that fit in a toilet roll tube if you have a child 3 years old or younger

If a toy seems to loud for you, it is probably too loud for your child.

Check that the batteries are not accessible to your child.

Badge Playset from Greenbrier International sold at Dollar Tree contains lead. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Badge Playset from Greenbrier International sold at Dollar Tree contains lead. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Report any unsafe toys or toy-related injuries to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, http://www.cpsc.gov or http://www.saferproducts.gov or 800-638-2772.

If you own toys:

Remove small batteries if you have a question about their accessibility.

Remove batteries or put tape over the speakers of too-loud toys.

Regularly check toys for broken parts and small parts.

Here are some toys it found that should be a no and the reason why.

Badge Playset from Greenbrier International sold at Dollar Tree: Lead

Jake and the Neverland Pirates tambourine, from Greenbrier International sold at Dollar Tree: Chromium

Hello Kity Bracelet and Hair Clips Accessory Set from H.E.R. Accessories, sold at Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores, Phthalate

Leopard pattern rubber duck from Infantino, sold at Walmart: Phthalate

Dora the Explorer backpack, from FAB Starpoint, sold at Walgreens: Phthalate

Edushape 80 pieces textured blocks, sold on Amazon: choking

Our Generation: Sydney Lee and Stars in Your Eyes, from Maison Joseph Battat, sold at Target: choking

Disney Junior Doc McStuffins Figurine Playset, from Disney Store, sold at Amazon: choking

Rhinestone Rosette Bow Headband, by Mix & Co., sold at Family Dollar: choking

Favors Surprises spiral drawing pieces, by Greenbrier International, sold at Dollar Tree: choking

Princess Party Favors Surprises, by Greenbrier International, sold at Dollar Tree: choking

Wind Up Fun clownfish, by Auxo, sold at Kmart: choking

Disney Figurine Winnie the Pooh Piglet, by Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Co., sold at 99 Cents Only Stores: choking

Grow Metallix Mega Gro-Bot, by Alley Oop! Greenbrier International, sold at Dollar Tree: choking

Grow Color Changers, by Inspirefly Toys, Alley Oop! Greenbrier International, sold at Dollar Tree: choking

Magic Towel football or baseball shape, by Greenbrier International, sold at Dollar Tree: choking

Shopping Cart Playset, by Just Kidz, sold at Kmart, choking (the lemons and the eggs)

Mega Value Pack 16 latex punch balloons, by Amscan, sold at Party City: choking

Zen Magnets Mini Set, sold at its online store: ingestion

Sonic Sound Sizzlers noise magnets, by Ja-Ru-Inc. at Toys R Us: ingestion

Buckyballs: sold at buckyballstore.com; ingestion

Cherubic Cetacean, by Hua Cai, sold at Super 99c Century: chocking and ingestion

And, just in case you thought this was all so silly, choking on balloons killed 38 kids from 2001-2012; rubber balls, killed 35; toy or toy parts, 23. 80 kids were killed by riding toys, scooters or tricycles; 7 by toy boxes.

 


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