The 2013 "Trouble in Toyland" report will be released later Tuesday. For Toymakers, this is the list you don't want to be on. For 28 years, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group has compiled a list of unsafe toys.
The report has led to more than 150 recalls and other regulatory actions throughout the last 28 years. They have been especially important in keeping babies and toddlers safe -- the majority of injuries occur in the 0-2 age range.
Here are the key findings the PIRG found over the years:
Lead content: Lead continues to be a hazard. Exposure to lead can affect almost every organ and system in the body.
Magnets: Magnets can be really strong. They could pinch fingers and cause severe internal damage if swallowed. They've estimated that between 2009 and 2011 there were 1,700 emergency room cases involving high-powered magnets.
Choking Hazzard: Small toy parts, marbles and balloons continue to be the major cause of toy-related deaths and injuries. Between 1990 and 2011, more than 200 children died from choking incidents. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group has watch-dogged the use of labels on these toys. Finding that sometimes the manufacturer improperly labels them or they're just too small of a warning.
Noisy Toys: A survey showed that one in five U.S. children will have some degree of hearing loss by the time they reach age 12. This may be in part due to many children using toys and other children's products such as music players that emit loud sounds. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders advises that prolonged exposure to noise above 85 decibels will cause gradual hearing loss in any age range.
There is no comprehensive list so examine any toy before you buy it or give it as a gift.