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2012’s Most Dangerous Toys – What Consumers and Parents Should Know

Posted by attorney David McCormack

Just in time for the mad shopping rush before the holidays, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) recently released its 27th annual “ Trouble in Toyland" report. This report details the most relevant safety issues found in toys for small children, makes various recommendations to the Consumer Protection Safety Commission on how it can improve toy safety, and provides safety guidelines for consumers purchasing toys during the holiday season. The list is not exhaustive, but rather is intended to provide examples of the types of toys and dangerous materials that consumers and parents should be wary of.

PIRG’s “key findings" this year focus on the dangers and health hazards presented by toys that contain lead, cadmium (a metal that is replacing lead as an additive in children’s jewelry), and phthalates (chemicals used to increase the flexibility of plastic and vinyl). One of the toys that PIRG warns about are Buckyball magnets, which present numerous health hazards when swallowed by young children and have resulted in an estimated 1,700 emergency room visits from 2009 to 2011. While acknowledging that toy safety has improved in general, PIRG still warns that consumers and parents need to be vigilant when it comes to selecting toys for young children and that they should be aware of some of the dangerous materials commonly found in toys.

SUGARMAN attorneys have an extensive history of representing clients who have been harmed by unsafe consumer products and of advocating for safety improvements on behalf of consumers. If you wish to speak to one of our attorneys concerning an unsafe or dangerous product, please fill out a Contact Form, call us at (617) 542-1000 or e-mail

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