LANSING — Not all holiday toys are created equal, according to a new list of hazardous toys released by the state and Attorney General Dana Nessel.
“Every three minutes, a child is treated in a U.S. emergency room for a toy-related injury and because of this risk, it’s important that we share a few tips on how to make informed decisions when purchasing toys this holiday season,” Nessel said.
“Our 2019 Dangerous Toys Guide is another resource for Michigan consumers to not only protect their wallets, but most importantly to protect their children from harm.”
The comprehensive guide, which provides information including general toy shopping tips for age-appropriate and safe gifts, both physically and digitally, can be found on the Michigan.gov website here. It also lists popular recent recalls on toys and the steps parents should take if they already own the product.
Overall, 166,200 toy-related emergency department-treated injuries were recorded and 17 children younger than 15 died in 2018.
Among the products on this year’s list were All-Gloo Craft Glue, which contains methanol and may pose a poisoning hazard if ingested, Handmade Knit Dolls by Beaufort Bonnet Company, which contain a hidden needle that may pose a puncture hazard and Ubbi Connecting Bath Toys by Pearhead, which can break and create a sharp point and a choking hazard for young children who play with them.
Topping the list for the Top 10 Worst Toys this year were projectile toys like the “Nerf Ultra One” and ride-on toys like the “Pogo Trick Board.”
Classic toy dangers parents should watch out for when shopping for their kids include strings, projectiles, toxic substances, rigid or hidden sharp materials and inaccurate warnings and labels.
Supervision is also important when it comes to younger children and toys, especially of the projectile and ride-on variety.
The web address for the full document is https://www.michigan.gov/documents/ag/2019DangerousToyGuide_674246_7.pdf