NYPIRG releases list of dangerous toys

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They’re making their list, but are you checking it twice? With kids already drafting their wish list for the holidays, a group wants to alert parents to be on the watch for dangerous toys.

“Glow in the dark slime,” Blair Horner, the Executive Director of NYPIRG, said.

Even that stuff can be toxic.  For more then 30 years, the New York Public Interest Research Group has issued toy safety guidelines and helped recall over 150 toys.

Horner the executive director, gives us this year’s breakdown of potentially hazardous toys, starting off with the slime.

While fun to play with, some of the popular slimes were found to have high levels of boron. If ingested boron can cause nausea, vomiting, and even long-term reproductive health issues.

“There are no standards in place for boron in toys. But the European Union has set standards and the levels we found in these two toys were fifteen times the allowable levels.”

Another thing to watch out for is choking hazards. This can be especially hard when shopping online, since some sites such as Amazon, do not always show a toy’s warning label.  

A good way to check to see if a toy is a choking hazard is to take a toilet paper roll, and if the toy fits inside, then it’s probably a danger to your child.

Then there are also toys we found that are extremely noisy.

While that sound is probably also annoying for you as a parent, it can be dangerous too. The noise from this rocket, for example, exceeds the safety standards set by the government.

“It consistently tested over 85 deciles and that can cause hearing loss for children.”

Lastly, be on the watch for smart toys. An investigation found that some of the makers of these smart toys, such as this robot, can share a child’s consumer data to third parties.

“Often the child can be communicating to it, the information can be stored by the maker. The information on the child itself can be stored by the maker and then sold.”

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