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Black Friday: Dangerous Toy Alert -- Trouble in Toyland.

Posted by Dev Sethi | Apr 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

With the heart of the holiday shopping season only a day away, a child's safety advocacy group and allies including Tucson Medical Center and Phoenix Children's Hospital have published a report highlighting dangerous toys that should not be under the Christmas tree this year...or any year.

The report identifies dangerous toys in four categories:

Toys that are too loud. These toys include Elmo Cell Phone, which rings too loudly for the infants and toddlers it is marketed for, and the Hot Wheels Super Stunt Rat Bomb Hot Rod, which is nearly 10% louder than the American Academy of Pediatrics' threshold for dangerous noise levels.

Toys that are choking hazards. This is a long list...but one example is the Sesame Street Oscar the Grouch doll that has a small hat, which can come off easily and present a choking hazard. A good rule of thumb is to avoid toys that have removable pieces smaller than the diameter of an empty cardboard toilet paper roll. If a toy - or some piece - fits within the tube, it will fit into a child's mouth, but get stuck in their throat.

Toys that contain phthalates, a chemical that makes plastics soft. Some studies link phthalates to health and developmental problems in unborn children in the womb. Federal law bans items with certain concentrations of this chemical. But at a news conference in Phoenix yesterday, consumer advocates showed dollar store toys that had 24 times the prohibited level. Check product labels for any presence of phthalates and make an informed decision for you and those on your list.

Toys that have lead based paint. Lead based paint has been the subject of much attention in the toy market since Mattel was forced to suspend sales of many popular toys in the wake of revelations that toys made in China were turning up with lead paint. In recent years the spotlight has certainly helped make toys safer, but safety advocates still caution consumers to read labels and take steps to buy from sources they have confidence in.

You can read the entire report here.

As the holiday season -- and shopping season -- heats up. Take a moment to make sure you are giving the

About the Author

Dev Sethi

Dev Sethi litigates and tries a wide-range of complex injury and death cases throughout Arizona. He has Martindale Hubbell's highest rating, AV, and he is listed in "Best Lawyers." Dev is also recognized as an Arizona Super Lawyer in the area of plaintiff's products liability litigation.Dev has been at the forefront of auto product defect litigation. He played a key role in uncovering the Goodyear Load Range E tire scandal and worked to hold Ford Motor Company responsible for the danger posed by their now notorious 15-passenger vans. Dev is currently representing families in product liability suits against the nation's largest corporations including General Motors, Ford, Pentair Pools and Invacare.

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