'Trouble in Toyland' report reveals unsafe toys still on the shelves nationwide

'Trouble In Toyland' Report Highlights Dangerous Toys This Holiday Season

Ahead of the holidays, consumer safety group World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH) has issued its annual list of the most unsafe toys.

For 32 years, the Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group, or PennPIRG, has been looking at all the toys on the market for any safety concerns.

From fidget spinners with toxic chemicals mixed into creepy-looking dolls that can be hacked through the internet, the list of most unsafe toys for a new year is here. Also, several consumer groups of filed complaints with the federal government over alleged violations of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. It said choking continues to be the number one hazard when it comes to children's toys.

The Toy Association, a not-for-profit trade association representing businesses that make and deliver toys, said the report is not helpful.

Experts say labels are often misleading about age groups, and even though a label says its for a certain age and up, young children can still get their hands on risky small objects, like a balloon, and swallow them.

Earlier this year, the toy was banned in Germany, and authorities urged parents to destroy the doll's microphone.

After the consumer group first raised concerns over the lead levels in the fidget spinners, Target agreed to stop selling the gadgets.

When it comes to toys, recall notices are rarely sent home, making it that much more important you stay vigilant and check toys. The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal had 13 times the federal legal lead limit.

The attorney general's guide details every safety recall for children's products in the past year, including toys, clothing and furniture.

"We found the next fidget spinner at another Target here in Minnesota", Dobbelstein said.

PIRG said Dollar Tree also sold several balloon sets that were improperly marketed to children under the age of 8 or contained misleading warning label.

"Even small amounts of lead in toys can be ingested when transferred from fingers to mouth or from fingers to food", a national lead expert, Dr. Helen Binns, a pediatrician at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said in the statement.

"If a teenager starts chewing on that toy, ingests lead, lead is harmful for young kids, for teenagers and for adults", said Czinn.

"We found these toys nationwide at chains across the country", said Dobbelstein. Websites, mobile apps and products, including children's watches and toys, are all capable of collecting information about and tracking users, including children under 13.

Here are the toys on the list.

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