Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again. If you plan to hit the stores for holiday shopping, we hope you’ll check out VPIRG’s 29th annual Trouble in Toyland report, which provides helpful tips for avoiding potentially dangerous toys this holiday season has been released.
We continue to fight for the day when parents don’t need a PHD in toxicology to purchase safe toys for their children, but as this report shows, our work is far from over.
Our staff still found toys on Vermont store shelves that pose serious threats to children, such as choking hazards, toxic chemicals, and damaging noise levels. For example, we found a Jake and the Neverland Pirates Tambourine, a Disney character tambourine with 10 times the parts per million of chromium allowed.
This is exactly why VPIRG spearheaded passage of the toxic free families act. To lay the groundwork for the day when Vermont shoppers will have the peace-of-mind that the toys on store shelves aren’t laced with hidden toxins. In the meantime, Trouble in Toyland can help us make better-informed decisions about which toys to bring home to our children so we can all enjoy a happy and healthy holiday season.