December 24, 2012
There are a number of dangers lurking in the toy aisle and parents are being cautioned to do their homework to keep their kids safe. 85-percent of toys that get recalled are made in foreign countries, where there isn't the same oversight and regulation as for manufacturers in the United States.
Rob Shively, member, American Association for Justice says one of the most dangtoys they've found is a gun that uses calcium-chloride, a dangerous chemical, that mixed with water produces an explosion that shoots a toy ball 70-feet.
If you find a Dora the Explorer backpack under the tree, it could be on the dangerous toy list for high levels of phthalates.
The Morpho-bot has high levels of lead.
The Dora Tunes Guitar exceeds loudness standards and could damage a child's hearing... as could the CAT honk and rumble wheel.
Inexpensive jewelry can be dangerous, too, because of high levels of lead.
Even though a teen is less likely to put the jewelry in their mouths, younger children could.
List of the 14 most dangerous toys of 2012 begins on page 20: http://www.uspirg.org/sites/pirg/files/reports/USPIRG_Trouble_in_Toyland_0.pdf