Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Captain America Shield Lead Content
Captain America shield leads the most dangerous toy list in the USA. Holiday shopping and Black Friday is just around the corner, a toy shopping a consumer group US Public Interest Research Group (US PIRG) released their 28th annual "Trouble in Toyland" report just in time.
They said that the Captain America shield contains 29 times more lead than allowed by law and is one of the most dangerous toys of 2013.
"We need to protect our littlest consumers from dangerous toys," Jenny Levin, US PIRG's public health advocate, told reporters in Washington behind the most dangerous toys this year.
The Captain American soft shield which sells for $8.99, has 2900 parts per million (ppm) lead content it is way above the 100 ppm limit set down in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.
"Unfortunately, some toys with (excessive levels of lead) are slipping through the cracks" and finding their way onto toy shelves, she said.
The list also include a Super Play Food Set and a Fisher-Price Loving Family Outdoor Barbeque with plastic food items so small and authentic-looking that toddlers could potentially choke on them.
Major toy manufacturer Hasbro was called out for five products from its Littlest Pet Shop line which, US PIRG said, contain easily detachable small parts liable to cause choking.
The report also warned consumers about small but powerful toy magnets that could cause severe internal damage if swallowed, and toy mobile phones meant to be held close to a child's ear, yet as loud as a bedside alarm clock.