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Trouble in Toyland: 26th Annual Toy Safety Report

By Matt Kozlowski
State Board Chair

Trouble in Toyland: 26th Annual Toy Safety Report

Trouble in Toyland


Survey Finds Toxic or Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves

We just released the 26th annual Trouble in Toyland report. We've made progress, but there are still some dangerous toys on the shelves.

The report reveals the results of laboratory testing on toys for lead and phthalates, both of which have been proven to have serious adverse health impacts on the development of young children. The survey also found toys that pose either choking or noise hazards.

Choking on small parts, small balls and balloons is still the leading cause of toy-related injury. Between 1990 and 2010 over 400 children died from toy-related injuries, but more than half choked on small parts, balloons or balls. While most toys are safe, our researchers still found toys on the shelves that pose choking hazards and other toys that contain hazardous levels of toxic chemicals including lead.

For 26 years, our 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. We've also launched a mobile website with tips for safe toy shopping.

In 2008, Congress placed strict limits on concentrations of lead and phthalates in toys and children articles in a law that also gave greater authority and funding to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The CPSC has a new database of both potential hazards and recalled products.

The CPSC is doing a good job, but it doesn’t test all toys on the shelves.  The message of today is clear. We cannot, must not, weaken the most basic safety rules that protect young children, America's littlest consumers.