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2016 Trouble in Toyland list

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Before you wrap up gifts for the children in your life, you might want to take a look at the U.S. Public Interest Research Group’s (PIRG) list of recalled toys.  The list includes toys and potential gifts recalled between January 2015 and October 2016, for a range of safety concerns.  U.S. PIRG warns that even if a toy has not been recalled, it may not be suitable for children if it has small magnets that can be swallowed, or has small pieces that can be a choking hazard.  Experts recommend using a toilet paper roll to see if a toy is too small for babies and toddlers.  Anything that fits easily through the roll could become dangerous if a child puts it in his or her mouth.

The U.S. PIRG’s 2016 Trouble in Toyland list is items that have already been recalled and taken off store shelves, but may still be available from sellers online.  The U.S. PIRG warns you may also be able to find them at secondhand stores or yard sales.

Tough Treadz Auto Carrier – die cast cars that can have dangerously sharp edges.

Airplane and butterfly push toys sold by LS Import Inc. – small pieces can break off and become a choking hazard.

2014 MBX 50 and Tiny Trail Bicycles – handlebars might come loose or come off.

Wheelies semi-truck with six motorcycles and push-along motorcycle with rider – toys contain lead.

Police Press and Go Toy Vehicles – small pieces can break off and become a choking hazard.

Bud and Skipit Wheely Cute Pull Toys – small pieces can break off and become a choking hazard.

Little Digger Toy – paint contains lead.

My Snuggly Ellie Activity Toys – wooden ring can break and become a choking hazard.

MZB Children’s “Light Up” Watches – watch can come apart and cause skin irritation or rashes.

Gadget Pencil Cases – magnets can come off and might cause internal injuries if swallowed.

Pink Giraffe Animal Purse – zipper contains lead.

Sardines Fishing Game and Starfish Fishing Game – small pieces and magnets can detach.

“Chewbeads” pacifier clips – beads can come off and pose a choking hazard.

Starbrights Dragon stuffed animals from Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. – seam can split, releasing stuffing, which may be a choking hazard.

Peanuts Flying Ace Ride-On Toys – small pieces can break off and become a choking hazard.

Avengers and Darth Vader Themed Water Bottles sold at Pottery Barn – paint contains lead.

Bueno by Contigo Kids Straw Tumblers – small pieces of the straw can break off and be swallowed or breathed in.

Ace Bayou Bean Bag Chairs – children can crawl into the chair and suffocate or choke on the foam bead filling.

LATTJO Tongue drums and LATTJO Drumstick sets sold at IKEA – small pieces can break off and become a choking hazard.

Chillafish Children’s Bikes – over-inflated tires can break and send pieces flying.

Wedgwood Peter Rabbit Decorative Baby Rattles – ball bearings inside the rattle can get out and become a choking hazard.

Remote Control Toy Excavator and Remote Control Shovel Loader – remote control can short circuit and overheat, which may cause burns or fire.

Green Tones Monkey Glockenspiel – paint contains lead.

Busy Loops Table Top Toys – beads can break and become a choking hazard.

Children’s LATTJO Bat Cape Costumes sold at IKEA – may pose a strangulation risk.

Moogy Plush Toys – small pieces can break off and become a choking hazard.

Wooden Twist & Lock Blocks and Giraffes – pieces can break off and become a choking hazard.

Little Wishes Chenille Stuffed Rattles sold at Hobby Lobby – seams can come apart, and the stuffing or rattle can pose a choking hazard.

Little Wishes Summer Plush Pacifier Holders sold at Hobby Lobby – pieces can come off and become a choking hazard.

Magnetic No-Pinch Buckle Infant Bicycle Helmets – small pieces and magnets can detach.

Cra-Z-Jewelz Gem Creations – parts of the kit contain lead.

Far East Brokers Chairs and Swing – printing on the fabric contains lead.

Aero Spin and Aero Cruz Sky Rover toys – charging cord can overheat and may cause burns or fires.

The Land of Nod Octo-rattles – small pieces can come off and become a choking hazard.

Self-balancing Scooters/Hoverboards – lithium-ion battery packs can catch fire and/or explode.

Kids’ Insulated Water Bottles sold by L.L. Bean – contains lead.

Sweet Charm Necklace  and Silver Heart Bracelet sold by Things Remembered – surface coating contains lead.

“Step-iT” Activity Wristbands from McDonald’s – can cause skin irritation or burns.

M&M’S Branded Jewelry – may contain lead.

ALEX Jr. Baby Builder, First Pops and First Snaps  – small pieces can detach and become a choking hazard.

Bump and Go Action Egg Laying Chickens – small pieces pose a choking risk.

Babies ‘R’ Us Pacifier Clips – clip mechanism can break into small pieces and become a choking hazard.

Glion Electric Scooters – scooter frame can break and cause a child to fall.