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Parents Warned About Dangers of Toys with Lead


As parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and caregivers are flocking to toy stores to grab the hottest toys off the shelves in the hopes of finding that perfect holiday gift, they are reminded to pause for a minute to consider the safety of the toy.

A prevalent consumer advocacy group is warning parents and other consumers about the dangers of certain toys this holiday season. According to the annual report of the Maryland Public Interest Research Group, consumers need to be mindful of choking hazards, toxic components, and possible damage to children’s ears when shopping for toys.

“Choking toys are still the most prominent (hazardous toys) in the market this holiday season,” said Jenny Levin, an advocate for Maryland Public Interest Research Group, at an annual press conference.

According to data compiled by the consumer advocacy group, choking is still the leading cause of toy-related injuries and deaths, with more than 200 children dying from choking incidents between 1990 and 2011.  Common choking hazards include small toy parts, small balls, and toys that contain magnets.

Toxic chemicals are another major concern for parents and consumers of toys. Chemicals are often used to add flexibility and softness to certain toys, and chemicals such as lead and phthalates are particularly dangerous to small children who are more likely to put toys in their mouths and ingest the chemicals. Toxic chemicals can also be found not only in toys, but also in children’s clothing, lunch boxes, and backpacks

According to Levin, many phthalates have been banned because of their link to developmental disabilities, infertility, and obesity.

Noise-related ear damage is another concern when shopping for children’s toys. Some toys such as guitars may exceed the appropriate decibel levels for toys that are placed close to the ear.

When shopping for toys this holiday season – and any time of year, for that matter – parents and consumers are urged to educate themselves on the safety of the toys. Consumers can find information from the U.S. Consumer and Product Safety Commission, www.saferproducts.gov, and the websites of consumer advocacy groups.

The Chicago product safety attorneys at Steinberg Goodman & Kalish are committed to protecting the public from dangerous and defective products, including children’s toys, and we aggressively pursue any legal claims to protect the victims of dangerous and defective products. Contact our office at (800) 784-0150 to learn more about how to protect your family from dangerous toys.


Steinberg Goodman & Kalish  (www.sgklawyers.com) is dedicated to protecting victims and their families.  We handle medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, professional negligence, birth trauma, and railroad law matters. Contact us at (800) 784-0150 or (312) 782-1386.