Consumer group lists '10 worst toys' of 2017 holiday season

Children play with fidget spinners in a New York park. Jewel Samad  AFP  Getty Images

Numerous items named in U.S. PIRG's supposed "Trouble in Toyland" report were previously recalled due to ongoing regulatory vigilance, and are no longer offered for sale. NCPIRG said while answering questions like, "What's your favorite toy?" and "Do you have any pets?" may seem harmless, information like your child's name is also being recorded, and the doll can pick up other conversations that occur in your home.

A version of the popular "fidget spinner" topped the list of potentially risky toys.

The Toy Association said in a statement issued by a spokeswoman that the U.S. PIRG "is needlessly frightening parents and caregivers during what is supposed to be a joyful time of year".

As innovative products continue to emerge, the toy industry works with experts to review and revise toy safety standards whenever necessary.

"There are positive things we can do to ensure safety and the industry does those all year long", Lawrence said.

Parents have a new worry when it comes to holiday shopping for the young people on their list this year - so-called connected toys that may invade children's privacy. The report also exposes inadequately-labeled toys and balloons that pose choking hazards and data-collecting toys that could violate children's privacy. The doll has already been banned in Germany.

Target is reportedly pulling those spinners from its shelves.

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USPIRG said it found excessive levels of lead in two models of Fidget Wild fidget spinners previously sold at Target.

The Brass spinner's center circle tested for 33,000 ppm of lead, which is 300 times the legal limit for children's products. WISPIRG is now urging Bulls i Toy to issue a recall. They included balloons, games with small parts and a brass-colored version of the popular fidget spinners. "Lead harms the developing brain and is easily ingested through normal hand to mouth behaviors". Small Parts: Despite a ban on small parts in toys for children under the age of three, we found several toys that contain small parts, but do not have any warning label at all.

Additionally, the research education fund cited toys containing lead, powerful magnets, batteries that can overheat and small parts and balloons that could lead to choking.

Balloons Balloons are risky for children because they are easily inhaled in attempts to inflate them and can become stuck in children's throats, according to the report. The group claims this information is uploaded to a website, which has the potential to be hacked into, and because it uses Bluetooth, someone could tap into the connection and collect this information about your child. The Toy Association educates parents about choosing age-appropriate toys, and encourages parents to read all instructions and safety warnings on toy packaging and supervise their children at play.

Recommendations for parents The report recommended parents take certain steps to protect their children from unsafe products, including putting small parts out of reach, reporting unsafe toys and toy-related injuries to the CPSC, and subscribing to email recall updates from government safety agencies.

The complete "Trouble in Toyland" report can be found here.



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