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Trouble in Toyland: The dangerous toys to avoid buying this holiday season, report by U.S. PIRG

Posted at 10:48 AM, Nov 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-22 10:48:10-05

The U.S. PIRG Education Fund has released their annual survey of potentially hazardous and dangerous toys that consumers should avoid buying this holiday season. 

The full report, 'Trouble in Toyland,' includes toys recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) from January of 2015 to October of 2016. Some of the toys on the list were still available for purchase online. 

“We should be able to trust that the toys we buy are safe. However, until that’s the case, consumers should understand two things: first, not all recalls may be well-publicized so you should check your house for previously recalled toys and second, some toys that are recalled may still be available online,” said Dev Gowda, Toxics Advocate with U.S. PIRG.

The report includes toys that have been recalled due to toxic hazards, choking hazards, magnets, excessive noise and overheating of batteries and chargers. Recommendations are provided to ensure that the CPSC strengthens their toy safety standards and improves their recall effectiveness.

Some of the toys in the report include:

Tough Treadz Auto Carrier

  • Family Dollar Stores
  • $5
  • The die-cast metal cars can have sharp edges that pose a laceration harzard
  • CPSC Recall

2014 MBX 50 and Tiny Trail Bicycles

  • Marin Bikes, CA
  • $250
  • The handlebars can loosen or separate during use. This can cause the rider to lose control and/or crash, posing the risk of injury.
  • CPSC Recall

Wheelies semi-truck with six motorcycles and push-along motorcycle with rider

  • ShanTou MeiTian Trading Co, Ltd, AmerEuro Trading Limited
  • $10 for Motorcycle, $20 for Truck
  • The toys contain excessive levels of lead, which is a violation of the federal standard for lead content.
  • CPSC Recall

Little Digger Toy

  • Intradin Import & Export Co., Ltd., of Shanghai, China
  • $30
  • The red paint on the Little Digger toy frame contains excessive levels of lead, which is prohibited under federal law.
  • CPSC Recall

Pacifier clips

  • Chewbeads, of New York, N.Y.
  • $16.50 for baseball themed clips, $15 for other styles
  • Consumers should immediately take these recalled pacifier clips away from young children and contact Chewbeads for a free replacement pacifier clip or a refund of the purchase price.
  • CPSC Recall

Peanuts Flying Ace Ride-On Toys

  • LaRose Industries, of Randolph, N.J.
  • $40
  • The toy's blue hubcaps can detach from the wheel's axle, posing a choking hazard to young children.
  • CPSC Recall

Bueno by Contigo Kids Straw Tumblers

  • Ignite USA LLC, of Atlanta, Ga.
  • $6
  • If a child chews on the drinking straw, small pieces can break off into the child's mouth, posing a risk of ingestion or aspiration of the small part.
  • CPSC Recall

Ace Bayou Bean Bag Chairs

  • Ace Bayou Corp., of New Orleans, La.
  • $30- $100
  • The zippers on the bean bag chairs can be opened by children who can then crawl inside, get trapped and suffocate or choke on the bean bag chair's foam beads.
  • CPSC Recall

Get the rest of the toys included in the full report.

To download the full Trouble in Toyland report, click here