These 6 Toys Are Putting Your Child’s Life in Danger
The art of making toys is child’s play – at least it seems that way considering what items some manufacturers let slip through the production line. It’s possible you have toys in your home that are a hazard. Recalls aren’t always highly publicized. Some dangerous toys have not yet been recalled.
Read on to learn what six toys are deadly and why. Some of the toys on this list are from years back and some are brand new, but all of them are putting your child’s life in danger, according to the U.S. PIRG 2013 Trouble in Toyland report.
According to the report Trouble in Toyland, "Magnet toys made with neodymium iron boron magnets, such as Buckyball Magnets […], are still available and continue to cause accidents. […] Between 2009 and 2011 there were 1,700 emergency room cases involving the ingestion of high powered magnets." Most of the incidents involved young children.
Once magnets are swallowed, they are not only a choking hazard. They can cause damage inside the child’s body due to magnetic force.
Just Like Home Super Play Food Set
The Just Like Home Super Play Food Set contains dozens of small parts. A troubling detail reveals that the toy is marketing for children ages 3 and up. This toy poses an especially challenging risk since the small parts are meant to look like food. Small children may not be able to make the distinction between play and real food. Therefore, the risk of choking increases along with the size of the objects.
Marvel Super Hero Squad Soft Shield
The Marvel Super Hero Squad Soft Shield, a vinyl toy, contains 29 times the legal limit of lead, according to the Toyland report. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) notes, "Lead exposure can affect nearly every system in the body. Because lead exposure often occurs with no obvious symptoms, it frequently goes unrecognized."
This silent, but deadly killer could be lurking in your home doing damage over time. Surprisingly, many issues and recalls with toys over the years have been linked to levels of lead.
Monster High Skelita Halloween Costume Wig
Here’s a finding makes last Halloween even more haunting. The Monster High Skelita Halloween Costume Wig, which could be worn by children, also contains trace amounts of highly toxic metal. The Toyland report uncovered 80 ppm of toxic metals within a single wig.
The trace toxic metal within the wig is known as antimony. In a report on the toxicological Profile for antimony, it was found that "Rabbits that had very small amounts of antimony placed on their skin for less than 1 day had skin irritation. Small amounts of antimony placed in rabbit eyes resulted in eye irritation. Large amounts of antimony placed on rabbit’s skin resulted in death."
Leap Frog Chat & Count Smart Phone
The previous report, Trouble in Toyland, attacks the noise of certain toys, including the Leap Frog Chat & Count Smart Phone. This item emits sound that exceeds the recommended decibel level, especially since, "it is clearly intended to be held close to the ear."
Babies, the intended recipients of the toy, are at increased risk since their skulls are thinner and more susceptible to damage from loud noises. Hearing damage can be lifelong. If your child has defective toy injuries to his or her ear drums, you should consider pursuing legal action.
The Ninja Turtles Pencil Case
The Ninja Turtles Pencil Case was found to contain Phthalates. Phthalates are toxic and could affect child development. The compounds were found in the vinyl case that holds the set of Ninja Turtle pencils. In an alarming twist, the PIRG reports that because this item is technically not considered a toy and it is not subject to recall.
Keep in mind: manufacturers don’t always have your family’s best interest at heart. It’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest consumer reports for toys and other household items since many of the toys on this list were not subject to recall based on small details.
Have you ever had a scare with a dangerous toy? Do you own any toys on the list? Share your stories in the comments below.