PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The Number 1 choking hazard toy on the market this season is the Edushape 80-piece textured blocks, a consumer group said Wednesday.
That’s just one of the dangerous toys in the 29th annual Trouble in Toyland survey released Tuesday by OSPIRG, the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group.
The group looks for more than just choking hazards. Toxic hazards, magnetic toys and toys that are too loud also get their attention.
“This year we are really focusing on toy phones in particular because that is a very common toy coming out on the market recently,” said OSPIRG’s Alice Morrison.
There’s a simple test to determine if a toy is too loud, she said. Hold your arm out with the toy in hand and if the sound is piercing, it’s too loud for kids.
Other toys may contain lead, chromium and magnets, which are more difficult to examine.
“We often see children who will choke not only on small toys but also on other innocent materials around the house,” said pediatrician Dr. Mark Buchholz. “Watch your children at all times and think that all toys could become choking hazards at some point.”