Trouble In Toyland

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Here Are Some Toys Parents May Want To Stay Away From This Holiday Season

November 20, 2018 - 1:36 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- This is the 33rd year the New York Public Interest Research Group has put out its "Trouble in Toyland" report.

Balloons, slime, and even robots all make the list of toys that parents may want to stay away from this holiday season.

"It's clear that old hazards still exist, hazards like balloons and choking hazards are in our report year after year," program director Megan Ahearn said.

And this year is no exception.

"Our survey of five search pages of latex balloons sold on Amazon found no choking hazard labels on 87 percent," Ahearn said.

But there are some new areas of concern like smart toys that might be listening a little more closely than you think, collecting data on children and sharing consumer information with advertisers.

"This information could include conversations within earshot of the toy and also information about children's habits," Ahearn said.

Another big concern this year is excessive levels of boron in the ever popular slime products which NYPIRG said could lead to nausea, vomiting and longterm health problems if your child swallows it.

NYPIRG's Rafaella Smith says Canada, the European Union, Jordan and other nations have taken action against boron but the U.S. currently has no limits on boron in children's products.