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Unsafe Toy List: Dora Guitar, Dora Backpack, More

Toys That Can Choke a Child

  • Dragster Cars, manufactured by Z-Windups and sold at Toys-"R"-Us for $4.99. PIRG says the toy's small parts can choke a child.
  • Bowling Game, manufactured by Cool Novelty Products and sold at Dollar Plus for $1.00. PIRG says the small parts can choke a child.
  • Ball on a stick launcher, manufactured by R T Toy Factory and sold at Dollar Store for $1.00. PIRG says the small parts can choke a child.
  • Play Food, manufactured by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and sold at Wal-Mart for $8.00. PIRG says play food looks like it should be eaten, and that the small hot dogs are a choking hazard.
  • Super Play Food Set, manufactured by Geoffrey LLC, a subsidiary of Toys-"R"-Us, which sells the toy for $19.99.
  • Baby's 1st Birthday Balloons and Baby's 2nd Birthday Balloons, manufactured by Unique Industries Inc. and sold at Dollar Plus for $1.00. PIRG warns against any kind of balloon for small children.
  • Golfing Game, manufactured by Aoxing Toys Factory and sold at Dollar Store for $3.20.

Toxic Toys

  • Dora backpack, manufactured by Global Design Concepts Inc. and sold at Target. PIRG says the toy contains dangerous chemicals called phthalates. While the toy does not violate national standard, it does requires disclosure under Washington State and California laws. PIRG says the U.S. should adopt this standard nationwide.
  • Morphobot, manufactured by GreenBrier International Inc. and sold at Dollar Tree for $6.00. PIRG says the toy's 180 parts per million (ppm) of lead violates the current 100 ppm standard.

Potential Magnet Hazards

  • Snake Eggs, manufactured by GreenBrier International Inc. and sold at Dollar Tree for $1.00. PIRG notes that if the toy were "just a little smaller" it would be banned for kids under age 14 -- its marketed for kids age 4+.
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