Navigation Links
Toys Getting Safer, But Dangers Still Lurk: Report

TUESDAY, Nov. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Progress has been made, but a number of dangerous or toxic toys are still found on store shelves in the United States, according to the 25th annual Trouble in Toyland report released Tuesday by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG).

"We've made a lot of progress, but dangerous toys can still be found among our children's playthings," U.S. PIRG public health advocate Liz Hitchcock said in a news release from the group.

Among the key findings:

  • Despite a ban on toys and other children's products that contain more than 0.1 percent of phthalates (linked to hormonal disruptions in studies) the group found items that exceed that level, including a baby doll with phthalate concentrations of up to 30 percent.
  • In order to reduce the risk of choking, toys for children younger than 3 years old can't have small parts. But U.S. PIRG came across toys that pose a serious choking hazard, including a toy train with a wooden peg that nearly led to the choking death of a child.
  • The group also found toys with toxic levels of lead and antimony. Lead is associated with a number of health problems and antimony is classified as a human carcinogen.

An overhaul and new leadership at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has been a major reason for the improved safety of toys and other children's products, U.S. PIRG said.

"The CPSC is doing a good job under its expanded authority, but there is still more work to be done, especially when it comes to reducing choking hazards and regulating the tens of thousands of chemicals that may be in the toys our children play with," Hitchcock said.

In 2009, toy-related injuries caused the deaths of 12 U.S. children and sent more than 250,000 children (90,000 under age 5) to emergency departments, according to the CPSC.

More information

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has more about toy safety.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: U.S. Public Interest Research Group, news release, Nov. 23, 2010

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Few Young Women Getting Cervical Cancer Vaccine
2. U.S. Preschoolers Getting Too Much Screen Time: Study
3. Many With Terminal Cancer Still Getting Routine Screens
4. Many Kids Not Getting Recommended Care: Survey
5. Womens study finds longevity means getting just enough sleep
6. Heart Attack Care Is Getting Better, Report Finds
7. Low-Income Children Not Getting Adequate Dental Care
8. A baby at last!: New couples guide to getting pregnant
9. Researchers find key to getting estrogens benefits without cancer risk
10. Study: Getting patients to take their asthma meds
11. Cost concerns prevent many cancer survivors from getting medical care
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Toys Getting Safer, But Dangers Still Lurk: Report
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... 2015 , ... The rapid speed at which Americans are ... care is needed, especially with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive conditions becoming more ... forgotten part of this equation: 80 percent of medical care occurs in the ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... Lizzie’s Lice ... The company is offering customers 10% off of their purchase of lice treatment product. ... at full price. According to a company spokesperson. “Finding lice is a sure way ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... Fairfax, VVA (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 ... ... (RBMA) motto of progress through sharing, the 2016 Building Better Radiology ... campaigns. The conference will begin on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at Caesars Palace ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... Karnataka (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... world, Health-E-minds, an innovative online platform for mental health and wellness consultation, has ... , This partnership will bridge the knowledge gap experienced by parents and bring ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Avid collector, Andrew Hawley from Vintage Rock Posters, announces his ... is one of Joplin's most famous and beautiful concert posters. The concert was held ... Ann Arbor. The According to Hawley, "It is hard to believe that Joplin's stardom ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/27/2015)... UTRECHT , Niederlande, November 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... mit fotodynamischer Bremachlorin-Therapie bei fortgeschrittenem Krebs.   ... fotodynamischer Bremachlorin-Therapie bei fortgeschrittenem Krebs.   --> ... fotodynamischer Bremachlorin-Therapie bei fortgeschrittenem Krebs.   ... berichtet. --> Clinical Cancer Research ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... India , November 27, ... --> --> ... personal emergency response system (PERS) ... steadily for 5 years with ... region expected to see a ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... 2015 --> ... combineert immunotherapie met Bremachlorin-photodynamische therapie voor de ... ) --> ... ) Uit een ... (LUMC) blijkt dat ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: