"Trouble in Toyland"

By: Ali Gorman, R.N.
By: Ali Gorman, R.N.

PIRGIM representatives say they have made progress in getting safer toys on the shelves, but hazardous toys continue to be sold. Sixteen kids died in 2004 due to toy-related injuries.

The four major dangers include:
-Toxic chemicals called phthalates in some plastic toys
-Small toys or parts becoming choking hazards
-String or cord toys presenting strangulation hazard
-Excessively loud toys causing hearing damage

Emergency room doctors say another danger is with anything a child can ride such as a bike, skateboard or scooter. Doctors say if you buy the bike you must buy and enforce wearing proper protective equipment including a helmet.

For the "Trouble in Toyland" full report visit www.toysafety.net.


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