Trouble in Toyland

"Trouble in Toyland: The 27th Annual Survey of Toy Safety" was just released by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. Before you go holiday shopping, be sure to read the report and heed its warnings. Here are some of the worst offender toys. For the full report, click here.

  • Dragster cars Category: Small Parts/Label Violation Label on toy: Statutory Small Parts Warning Type of hazard: Label is too small to read, contains small parts (rubber traction band on wheels) Manufactured by http://www.zwindups.com/ Toy store: Toys-R-Us Location: DC area Item #: 20452 Price paid: $4.99

  • Bowling Game Category: Small Parts/Label Violation Label on toy: Statutory Small Parts Warning Type of hazard: Label is complete obscured by additional label listing manufacturer. Manufactured by www.coolnoveltyproducts.com Toy store: Dollar Plus Store Location: Virginia Item #: 1614827058 Price paid: n/a

  • Ball on a stick launcher Category: Small Parts/Label Violation Label on toy: Statutory Small Parts Warning Type of hazard: Label is too small to read, contains small parts Manufactured by R T Toy Factory, Guandong, People's Republic of china Toy store: n/a Location: Los Angeles dollar store Item #: Rt-32237 Price paid: $1.00

  • Play Food Category: Near Small Parts Label on toy: Statutory Small Parts Warning Type of hazard: Small hot dogs are near small parts Manufactured by Walmart Stores Inc. Toy store: Walmart Location: Clinton, MD Item #: 74711 Price paid: $8.00

  • Baby's First Birthday Balloons Category: Choking Label on toy: Statutory Balloon Choking Hazard Warning Type of hazard: Balloons shoudl not be marketed to children under 8, this toy is marketed for children 1 year. Manufactured by Unique Industries Inc, PA 19112 USA Toy store: Dollar Plus Location: Arlington, Virginia Item #: 23895 Price paid: $1.00

  • Baby's Second Birthday Balloons Category: Choking Label on toy: Statutory Balloon Choking Hazard Warning Type of hazard: Balloons shoudl not be marketed to children under 8, this toy is marketed for children 2 years old. Manufactured by Unique Industries Inc, PA 19112 USA Toy store: Dollar Plus Location: Arlington, Virginia Item #: 54620 Price paid: $1.00

  • Super Play Food Set Category: Small Parts and Small Ball-Like Objects Label on toy: Statutory Small Parts Warning Type of hazard: Some food objects are small parts -- other rounded food objects are bigger than choke tube but smaller than small ball tester. Manufactured by Geoffrey LLC, subsidiary of Toys R Us. Toy Store: Toys-R-Us Location: clinton, MD Item #: 80001 Price paid: $19.99

  • Golfing Game Category: Small Ball/Label Violation Label on toy: Statutory Small Parts Warning Type of hazard: Toy contains small balls, subject to more stringent test and a different warning Manufactured by Aoxing Toys Factory, Guandong, People's Republic of China, TCB Imports LA 90023 Toy store: n/a Location: Los Angeles dollar store Item #: 80691 Price paid: $3.20

  • Dora backpack category: Toxid Chemicals - Phthalates Label on toy: None Type of hazard: Phthalates are a developmental hazard - below federal standard by requires disclosure under Washington State and California law Manufactured by Global Design Concepts Inc Toy store: Target Location: Portland, OR Item #: n/a Price paid: n/a

  • Morphobot Category: Toxic Chemicals - Lead Label on toy: None Type of hazard: Lead poses chronic health hazards to children Manufactured by GreenBrier International Inc. Toy store: Dollar Tree stores Location: Portland, OR Item #: n/a Price paid: $6.00

  • Snake Eggs Category: Powerful Magnets and Near Small Part Label on Toy: Age > 4 Type of hazard: Ingestion hazard, especially due to ellipsoid shape Manufactured by GreenBrier International Inc. Toy store: Dollar Tree stores Location: DC area Item #: 120375-02644-099-1205 Price paid: $1.00

  • Guitar Category: Noise Label on toy: None required by law Type of hazard: Tests at >85dB+ but should be less than 80dB according to hearing experts Manufactured by Fisher-Price Toy store: Target Location: Alexandria, VA Item #: R4561 Price paid: $22.39

  • Car Wheel/Horn Category: Noise Label on toy: None required by law Type of hazard: Tests at >85dB+ but should be less than 80dB according to hearing experts Manufactured by Toystate.com Toy store: Toys-R-Us Location: Alexandria, VA Item #: 80225 Price paid: $18.49

  • FunKeys Car Keys Category: Noise Label on toy: None required by law Type of hazard: Tests at 80+ decibels. Close to ear toys should be less than 65 decibels, according to hearing experts. Manufactured by Maison Joseph Battat ltd. Toy store: Target Location: Alexandria, VA Item #: BX1199 Price paid: $9.99