Consumer Group Reviews Potentially Dangerous Toys as Holiday Season Nears


Reports of personal injuries resulting from defective products tend to spike during the holidays, and each year the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) examines hundreds of toys in an effort to educate consumers about items that could pose hazards to children.

If you or your child is injured by a defective product this holiday season, a knowledgeable product liability attorney can pursue financial compensation for resulting medical expenses and other damages, as well as help ensure that no other innocent consumers are harmed by the same product.

PIRG recently released its 2012 Trouble in Toyland report. Now in its 27th year, this annual review of potentially dangerous toys has led to more than 150 product recalls and numerous state and federal regulatory actions. In its research, PIRG reviews recall notices posted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to spot trends in toy safety and focuses on toys that pose a possible toxic, choking, strangulation or noise risk.

Thanks to a 2008 law that placed stricter limits on metallic and chemical substances in toys, fewer reviewed toys posed a toxic exposure risk this year, according to the PIRG’s report. However, PIRG researchers found one toy of the 200 sampled that exceeded current federal standards for lead content.

According to the Trouble in Toyland report, magnets in toys continue to be a danger to children. Magnets pose both a choking hazard and an internal injury hazard. According to the CPSC, there have been approximately 1,700 emergency room visits associated with the ingestion of high-powered magnets between 2009 and 2011.

The PIRG website notes that “there is no comprehensive list of potentially hazardous toys,” and the agency reminds consumers to examine toys for possible dangers before purchasing them or allowing children to play with them.

If you were injured or a loved one was killed due to the use of a defective product, please contact for a free case evaluation and to locate a product liability attorney near you.