Consumer toy report warns parents of internet-connected toys

Consumer safety group unveils its 'worst toys' list

MassPIRG, a public interest research group, is holding a news conference Tuesday morning to release it's 32nd annual "Trouble in Toyland" report and list of risky toy.

This year the group cited as an example a doll called "My Friend Cayla", which the organization said has already been banned in Germany for privacy violations and is the subject of a complaint by several consumer groups to the Federal Trade Commission. Those spinners have since been pulled from Target's shelves, Scarr said. PennPIRG's reports have led to 150 recalls by the Consumer Product Safety Commission but the group says unsafe toys are still on the market. Many toys involve connection to the internet and NYPIRG officials warned this puts kids at risk to exposure via eavesdropping software.

"There are positive things we can do to ensure safety and the industry does those all year long", Lawrence said. It said it even found a toy that may violate children's privacy laws. The specific spinner, Fidget Wild, was singled out for what NYPIRG officials said was an excessive amount of lead in the product.

This year's list includes lead-filled toys and choking hazards, as well as internet-connected toys that pose a very 21st century debate: whether the toys' ability to collect data may "violate children's privacy". Lead-based paint is another concern, and while it has been regulated fairly well in the United States, NCPIRG found lead 300 times the legal limit in two fidget spinners sold at Target. "The CPSC consistently lists toys among the safest consumer product categories found in the home". It said the Premium Spinner Brass center tested for 33,000 parts per million (ppm) of lead and its arm tested for 22,000 ppm of lead. But PIRG said the retailer and the feds need to issue a recall. Small Parts: Despite a ban on small parts in toys for children under the age of three, we found several toys that contain small parts, but do not have any warning label at all.

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In 2015 there were more than 254,200 toy-related injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The majority of toy-related deaths continue to be choking on small toy parts, such as marbles, balloons and small balls.

PIRG found five types of balloons that it says have inadequate labeling, including H20 Blasters Water Balloons and Disney Princess Punchball Balloons sold at Dollar Tree, Mega Value Pack 12 Water Bomb Packs and Mega Value Pack 14 Latex Punch Balloons found at Party City, and Party Balloons - 10 from Dollar City Plus.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan also released her annual Safe Shopping Guide on Tuesday, listing toys and children's products that have been recalled over the past year.

PIRG also updated a list of toys recalled by the CPSC between October, 2017 and October, 2017, which includes certain models of toddler swings, plush toys and scooters.



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