Report uncovers unsafe chemicals and potential choking hazards in toys on the market this holiday season
MADISON (CBS 58) -- The U.S. PIRG Education Foundation tested 40 toys on the market this holiday season and 15 of those toys were problematic.
“Over the past three decades, toys have become safer there are still many hazards out there," said Emma Fisher, organizer with WISPIRG.
A high concentration of the chemical Boron was found in six slime products.
"Boron doesn't need to be in slime its added to make it sticky. These examples have over the 15 times over the European limit," Fisher said.
Another concern was excessive noise. The organization tested the Haktoys, F-182 Fighter Jet.
“It's pretty loud it exceeded our test for noises levels that are safe for children," Fisher said.
Choking hazards like balloons and small parts is a common threat that makes the list every year.
Another item to keep an eye out for are smart toys and internet-connected Children's products including Dash, a robot toy sold by Wonder Workshop. According to the Mozilla Foundation investigation, the toy shares information with third parties.
Wonder Workshop disputes the findings and the report.
“Retailers and policy makers need to do more to communicate to parents and families when to avoid toys that are recalled and make sure we get those out of people's homes," Fisher said.
To see the full report and the items that were recalled, click here.