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NYPIRG, senator release annual toy safety report

NEW YORK – As the holiday shopping season kicks into full swing, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), joined by New York City parents, today unveiled NYPIRG’s annual toy safety report, Treacherous Toys: Dangerous and Toxic Toys on New York’s Store Shelves (www.nypirg.org/treacheroustoys), revealing that dangerous and toxic toys can be found on store shelves right here in New York. NYPIRG’s Treacherous Toys report, which offers safety guidelines for purchasing toys for children, shows 14 potentially unsafe types of toys and children’s products that were available in over 35 stores across the state, as recently as this month. Seven toys posed a choking hazard, three toys and children’s products tested positive for toxic substances, and two toys posed an impact hazard. Surveyors also identified toys that pose risks to children’s eyes and magnetic toy hazards.

In an effort to stop these harmful products from reaching city stores and homes, Senator Gillibrand today called for new federal reforms to ban toxic chemicals in all children’s products and to strengthen federal resources to target and halt harmful imported products at all of our nation’s ports.

“Our report aims to make sure that when toy manufacturers kick into high gear to offer the hottest toys for the holiday shopping season, they put children’s safety first,” said NYPIRG Program Coordinator, Megan Ahearn. “While most toys are safe, our researchers indeed found toys on the shelves that pose choking risks and impact hazards, as well as toys and children’s products that contain hazardous levels of toxic chemicals.”

“Parents deserve the peace of mind that comes with knowing that the toys they buy for their children are safe, not harmful,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This report highlights the urgent need to take steps to prevent these toxic and dangerous toys from ever reaching our store shelves and homes.  It’s time for Congress to do more to protect our children from toxic chemicals and stop imported hazardous products in their tracks.”  

The report identified potentially unsafe toys and children’s products throughout New York in November and December 2013. Field study participants found in local stores, toys and children’s products that appeared on two different recently released lists of potentially unsafe toys and children’s products in the following toy and child safety reports:

(1)   World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc.'s "10 Worst Toys" List. Released on November 20, 2013.  James A. Swartz & Joan E. Siff. www.toysafety.org

(2) United States Public Interest Research Group’s “Trouble in Toyland.” 28th Annual Report Released on November 26, 2013. Jenny Levin. www.uspirgedfund.org/reports/usf/trouble-toyland-2013

Treacherous Toys also covers toys which have been recalled in the past year that may still pose a risk to consumers and their families who had previously purchased these items. The report includes the following resource: Consumer Product Safety Commission 2013 Toy Recall List, www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/