Even as shoppers await Black Friday, the traditional kick-off of the holiday shopping season, consumer advocates at the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) have released a list of more than a dozen toys on store shelves that are basically dangerous and defective products, which violate federal safety standards for lead and other hazardous chemicals. According to an Associated Press news report, the group’s report states that many toys that are being sold this Christmas may also pose serious choking hazards.
The dangerous and defective toys named in this report include a whirly wheel, a plastic book for babies, a wooden blocks set and even a Sesame Street brand Oscar doll. PIRG warns consumers about toys that are too loud and could lead to hearing damage as well as balloons, which cause more choking deaths than any other children’s product. According to the report, about 40 percent of the choking fatalities reported to the government between 1990 and 2010 involved balloons.