Annual 'Trouble in Toyland' Report Finds Privacy Concerns And Toxicity With Some Toys

Dec 3, 2018

This year’s annual “Trouble in Toyland” report by the Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG) again warns of potential dangers in children’s toys…from tech to toxic. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

This slime has been found to contain high levels of boron, which may create a number of health risks to children if ingested.
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Among the offenders is play slime with high amounts of boron…as well as a loud jet plane that can cause hearing loss. There’s also a dinosaur smart-toy that could create privacy issues.

This plane toy emits a loud roaring noise which safety advocates say can cause hearing damage in children.
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“No one should worry about whether not a toy that they’re going to buy is toxic or dangerous," says Jennifer Hibberts, of OSPIRG.

"In 2018, we still are finding hazards in some of the most popular toys out there today.”

OSPIRG says this dinosaur "smart toy" is as a security risk with data gathered from users.
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Hibberts says many toys aren’t properly labeled as a choking hazard…including balloons which caused 40 percent of toy-related deaths between 2000 and 2016.

“Our survey of latex balloons sold on Amazon actually found no “choking hazard” labels on 87 percent of online listings,” says Hibberts.

The full “Trouble in Toyland” report can be found online.

WEB EXTRA: Hear a conversation between KLCC's Brian Bull and OSPIRG Jennifer Hibberts on three troubling toys and their risks:

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