Consumer safety group unveils its 'worst toys' list

Children play with fidget spinners in a New York park. Jewel Samad  AFP  Getty Images

The advocacy group noted that in the example of the "Cayla", it has been banned in Germany for privacy violations and is also under investigation by US trade officials. "Beware of these (two) fidget spinners, as they have unsafe amounts of lead".

The non-profit WISPIRG Foundation's survey says it found "fidget spinners full of lead, inadequately-labeled toys, balloons that pose a choking hazard, and data-collecting toys that may violate children's privacy and other consumer protection laws".

It is concerning that several of the items in PIRG's report are NOT toys (hoverboards, dishes, balloons, etc.) The inclusion of these products in a supposed "toy" safety report undermines the toy industry's deep and ongoing commitment to ensuring that toys are safe. "We found this Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass at Target which has a whopping 33,000 parts per million of lead which is more than 300 times the legal limit for lead", Carver explained.

Last week, another consumer safety group, World Against Toys Causing Harm, unveiled its list of toys that pose safety risks for children.

WISPIRG warns of two fidget spinners sold at Target stores which had "dangerously high levels of lead".

NBC reached out for a comment from Genesis Toys, which manufactures the doll, but had not yet received a response.

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Data-collecting toys Every year, toymakers introduce more toys with internet and data collection capabilities. The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal had 1,300 ppm of lead. My Friend Cayla may not be banned now in the United States, but NCPIRG said parents need to stay alert in regards to the potential privacy threats the toy poses. Children's products must not contain more than 100 ppm of total lead content in accessible parts, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). "It's very harmful during brain development", Roles said.

While small parts in toys for children under the age of 3 are banned in the United States, the researchers found several toys at Dollar Tree that contained small parts but did not have a warning label, including a peg game, golf and football travel games. The majority of toy-related deaths continue to be choking on small toy parts, such as marbles, balloons and small balls.

For more information on the report, go here.

The report reveals that there are still toxic chemicals like lead in some children's toys, which can have serious impacts on a child's development.

PIRG found five types of balloons that it says have inadequate labeling, including H20 Blasters Water Balloons and Disney Princess Punchball Balloons sold at Dollar Tree, Mega Value Pack 12 Water Bomb Packs and Mega Value Pack 14 Latex Punch Balloons found at Party City, and Party Balloons - 10 from Dollar City Plus. The CPSC consistently lists toys among the safest consumer product categories found in the home.

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