Thursday, December 20, 2007

Dangerous Toys

Here's the latest story on dangerous toys you may have bought for the holidays. I added some helpful links.

A string of massive recalls have parents on high alert and now there are multiple lists out there warning parents about potentially hazardous toys this holiday season. If you're confused by this overload of toy safety information, you're not alone. CNN's Greg Hunter has more on the toy safety debacle.

Toys with things that pop out, powerful magnets that stick together and potentially harmful chemicals are just a few toys on store shelves that one non profit organization says parents should avoid buying.The Jack Sparrow Spinning Dagger is one.W.A.T.C.H.(World Against Toys that cause Harm) says it can cause eye injuries and the potential for blunt injuries. W.A.T.C.H. was founded by trial lawyers 35 years ago to warn parents about things like possible choking hazards.

If a toys fits through a toilet paper roll, it is too small for kids under two.

Mattel's "Go Diego Go Animal Rescue Boat" It's the only toy on W.A.T.C.H.'S 10 worst toys list to be recalled and it was done by Mattel itself after,"an extensive investigation." Five other companies on W.A.T.C.H.'s list told CNN their products "meet federal safety standards."

W.A.T.C.H. isn't the only grouping checking safety. Linda Reinsten lost her husband to an asbestos related illness and founded the non profit Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization.
It recently did testing on holiday toys and found asbestos dust on the C.S.I.
Fingerprint Kit.

The manufacturer, "Planet Toys" says "these kits do not contain asbestos."

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says non government groups that put out independent warnings only confuse people. The watch dog groups insists parents need more safety information. The CPSC says it's supporting a plan by the toy association to create an independent third party certification system for toys. This plan is being considered now, but so far, there's no indication on when or if it will be implemented.

-NewsAnchorMom Jen


kowal said...

For safe,organic,nontoxic toys, visit, or

Richard said...

This is a horrible shame, all this burden for parents thanks to the corporate rascals.

Template by lollybloggerdesigns. Design by Taylor Johnston.