Toxic Toys

By: Troy Kinsey Email
By: Troy Kinsey Email

For a developing mind a construction set could set the imagination soaring. The problem though is this one could pose a choking hazard.

And instead of strapping this dora backpack on your favorite kid, you may want to return it. The mouth alone contains 150 times the legal limit of the chemical phthalate.

The toys have been flagged in a brand new report by the consumer group Florida PIRG as unsafe and potentially deadly.

Stephanie Guthrie was about to buy the backpack for her nine-month-old niece, until we told her it made the report.

Guthrie says, "You know, at that stage kids put everything in their mouths, so if she picked that book bag up and started licking on the eyes or the mouth or something, that could definitely be toxic, and I didn't know that."

When you head to the playground, you expect the equipment to be safe beyond compare.You expect the same from the products at your local toy store, butit turns out protecting the public from dangerous toys isn't quite the government's crowning achievement.

This tiara may be considered safe by the consumer products safety commission, but still it contains lead.

Florida PIRG's Brad Ashwell says low levels of toxins are still toxins.
That's why *parents* have to be vigilant.

Ashwell says, "Phthalates, tulene, xylene...these are all chemicals that parents need to look on labels for. Sometimes they are on the label. There's no requirement that they're listed on the label, and that's something we need to work on federally."

PIRG has even put together a mobile version of the report you can refer to when you go shopping. For Stephanie, it's already come in handy.

"I would've researched it a little more and probably decided not to do it. I am - I did decide, just from what you told me, that I'm not going to buy her the Dora backpack!"

Vigilance...It could be the most important gift you can give this holiday season.


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