Study: Many Toys Hazardous Despite Product Recalls

Study: Many toys hazardous despite product recallsA recent report issued by the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) found substantial safety hazards in some children's toys currently on the market. The "Trouble In Toyland" report, which has been issued annually for 25 years, also explains how common safety threats posed by toys can be avoided.

According to a recent press release, chemical testing identified toxic agents like phthalates, lead and antimony in common children's toys. Such toxins are reportedly banned or severely restricted from use in toy production, yet high concentrations were found in some cases.

Choking hazards posed by toys are reportedly regulated, and toys for children under the age of 3 are not permitted to contain small parts. Despite such regulation, the study found many toys with substantial choking hazards, including one that reportedly nearly led to the death of a toddler.

The report applauds the CPSC's efforts, but claims that "there is still more work to be done," according to the press release.

According to CPSC data, more than 250,000 children visited the emergency room in 2009 due to toy-related injuries.