Advocacy group reveals its 2018 list of potentially hazardous toys


With the holiday gift-giving season just around the corner, a consumer watchdog group is out with its annual warning about dangerous toys.

This year’s the US Public Interest Research Group tested 40 potentially hazardous toys and declared 15 dangerous to children in its “Trouble in Toyland” report.

The group says potentially unsafe toys are still widely available, including those with high concentrations of chemicals and potential choking hazards.

Researchers found six popular brands of slime contain high amounts of the chemical boron.

“In order for a child to eat 4-5 grams of boron, they have to eat like 2 and half pounds of slime,” says Ken Seiter, Executive Vice President, Marketing Communications with the Toy Association which represents toy manufacturers.

He calls the list deliberately misleading – and notes the US has some of the strictest toy standards in the world.

But both manufacturers and advocates point out that toy safety, overall, in America has improved through years of testing and advocacy.  

Toys with internet connections also made the list because they could be collecting data on children and sharing it with others.

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