Captain America Shield Singled-out In Trouble In Toyland Report

Posted: Nov 27 2013, 1:40am CST | by , in Holiday Gift Guide


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Captain America Shield singled-out in Trouble in Toyland Report

Just in time for the holiday toy shopping a consumer group has released their annual Trouble in Toyland report. This year the report singles out a Captain America Shield that contains too much lead.

Trouble in Toyland 2013

With Black Friday 2013 around the corner the season for Holiday Toy Shopping is here. Just in time to get ready to get the Holiday toys for you kids the U.S. PIRG released their annual Trouble in Toyland report that points out health hazards found in toys. The consumer group has in their 28 years of doing the report triggered 150 toy recalls.

“We should be able to trust that the toys we buy are safe. However, until that’s the case, parents need to watch out for common hazards when shopping for toys,” said Jenny Levin, U.S. PIRG Public Health Advocate.

One toy that gets a lot of attention is a Captain America Soft Shield for kids age 2 and up that contains 29 times the level of standard lead levels. Besides lead, there are other toxics that still can be found in new toys. The report also warns about choking hazards, noisy toys and magnets.

Key findings from the toy report include:

  • Toys with high levels of toxic substances are still on store shelves. We found several toys with high lead levels including a toddler toy with 29 times the legal limit of lead (2900 ppm), and play jewelry for children with 2 times the legal limit (200 ppm). We also found an infant play mat with high levels of the toxic metal antimony, and a child’s pencil case with high levels of phthalates and cadmium.

  • Despite a ban on small parts in toys for children under three, we found toys available in stores that still pose choking hazards.

  • We also found toys that are potentially harmful to children’s ears and exceed the noise standards recommended by the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

    • We discovered small powerful magnets that pose a dangerous threat to children if swallowed.

    Read the full Trouble in Toyland report here and visit the organization's toy safety tips site.

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