Report lists most risky toys this holiday season

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The report exposes fidget spinners, inadequately-labeled toys and balloons, and data collecting toys that violates children's privacy and other consumer protection laws.

"Now, in today's day and age, we have a bigger concern for privacy for children when we are purchasing our toys", said Kane Sheek, campus organizer for the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group.

Report lists most dangerous toys this holiday season

Hand fidget spinners, popular small devices that children can rotate between their fingers, are included on a consumer group's list of the "10 worst toys" of 2017. The report shows two models of fidget spinners that contained excessive levels of lead. Thomas held up a package of punch balloons and pointed out several different warning labels, one claiming that children ages 8 and younger could choke or suffocate, while another suggests the toy is intended for children ages 3 and up. It tested at 300 times the legal limit for lead in children's products.

Reports like these are a valuable resource for parents wanting to keep their kids safe, said Dr. Harris Jacobs, chairman of pediatrics at Bridgeport Hospital. Balloons, too, pose a threat as choking hazards, the researchers said, because they can be easily inhaled and stuck in children's throats. Target has removed the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner in Brass and Metal from its store shelves and its online store following a request by PIRG.

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" The advice is not to buy this toy, but if you do be careful and make sure you know who is connected to the toy", said Sheek.

Again, Target says it has pulled these spinners from its stores. The specific toys aren't recalled, so stores selling them aren't breaking any rules.

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At the Statehouse, V-PIRG echoed the report's central conclusions and urged state lawmakers to strengthen Vermont regulations governing children's toys with passage of S. 103 now before the state Senate. "It's very harmful during brain development", Roles said.

Data-collecting toys Every year, toymakers introduce more toys with internet and data collection capabilities. The Toy Association released the following statement following PennPIRG's report: "Many of the 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".

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A spokesman for Bulls I Toy, the company that manufactures the fidget spinners, did not directly address the lead levels in the toys.

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