'Trouble in Toyland': Dangerous toys on store shelves

Trouble in Toyland report express concerns about children's toys connecting to internet

In July, the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a warning to consumers to "consider cyber security prior to introducing smart, interactive, internet-connected toys into their homes".

Before you hit the stores for Black Friday, you may want to check out the "Trouble in Toyland" report released Tuesday by the US Public Interest Release Group (PIRG).

The group urges parents and caregivers to take precautions when buying toys, especially during the upcoming 2017 holiday season. U.S. PIRG Education Fund has been calling on the CPSC to ban these phthalates for several years and applauds the CPSC for its new rule. Federal law requires that all children's products contain no more than 100 parts per million of total lead content in all accessible parts. In some cases, there are deadly risks. According to Abe Scarr of PIRG, the spinners contained 300 times the legal limit of lead for a toy.

WISPIRG warns of two fidget spinners sold at Target stores which had "dangerously high levels of lead". Here's some really important information for all of us before we do our holiday toy shopping.

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"Even small amounts of lead in toys can be ingested when transferred from fingers to mouth or from fingers to food", a national lead expert, Dr. Helen Binns, a pediatrician at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said in the statement. They included balloons, games with small parts and a brass-colored version of the popular fidget spinners. NYPRIG said the doll has an unsecured bluetooth capabilities. "That information is uploaded to a website and it might be used for any goal". However, the group said none of the products include a choke hazard warning.

Researchers say in addition to choosing safe toys, it also important for parents to supervise their children when they play with their toys. If you have it in your house, get rid of it. The organization's concern is that this wording is confusing for shoppers.

Other toys on the list include water balloons and toys with small parts that present choking hazards.

They can be found at Dollar Tree stores, including one in White Plains.

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Fidget Spinners also make another appearance in this category. Fidget spinners, for instance, contain small parts that can be a choking hazard, while Mattel's Wonder Woman sword has the potential to cause blunt-force injuries.

Pull Along Polly. This toy was deemed unsafe due to its 19-inch long cord, which could present a strangulation hazard.

Nearly all of the balloons packages we inspected in stores included the required warning label, complete with language warning that children under eight can choke on balloons and balloon parts.

Regardless of age, Dr. Czinn says this amount of lead may be unsafe.

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