Hazardous toys still out there, study says

Colleen McLoughlin points out the zipper on a child’s beanbag chair that caused two children to die of suffocation during a safety presentation at Toys For the Fun of It, 519 Main St. in Grand Junction. McLoughlin, with the Colorado Public Interest Research Group, put on the demonstration to warn parents and others of dangerous toys and children’s items that are on the market.

Some toys that have been ordered recalled by federal product monitors for various reasons are still available online, a survey on the subject warning parents to be wary of what they purchase says.

According to the 31st Annual Trouble in Toyland Report released each year by the U.S. Public Interest Research Foundation, dozens of toys that were ordered recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission were still available at several online websites.

They included toys that contain such items as lead paint, overheating cables, small ingestable parts and magnets.

From January 2015 until last month, the foundation conducted a survey of several online stores in search of products that have been recalled. Some of them include:

■ Tough Treadz Auto Carrier, sold by Family Dollar Stores, included die-cast metal cars with sharp edges.

■ Police Press and Go toy vehicles, made by Schylling Inc., have small parts that pose a choking hazard.

■ MZB Children Light Up Watches, made by MZB of Long Island City, New York, have detachable backs that, when exposed to water, can lead to chemical burns.

■ Avenger and Darth Vader-themed water bottles, made by a Chinese company but sold at Pottery Barn, can contain lead.

The group said that parents should avoid those and other recalled toys, adding that recalled toys that may still remain in homes can be returned to their sellers for full refunds.

“We should be able to trust that the toys we buy are safe,” said Colleen McLoughlin, a local campaign advocate for CoPirg, a statewide chapter of the national foundation. “Until that’s the case, consumers should understand two things: First, not all recalls my be well-publicized so you should check your house for previously recalled toys, and, second, some toys that are recalled may still be available online.”

For a list of toys and descriptions about them, go to http://www.uspirg.org.


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