Wisconsin group issues annual "Trouble in Toyland" list

Published: Nov. 21, 2017 at 2:41 PM CST
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If they're making the list, make sure you check it twice. A Wisconsin organization has released its annual "Trouble in Toyland" report on toys that parents might want to avoid this holiday season.

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."

WISPIRG highlighted the following toys in its report:

"My Friend Cayla" doll

WISPRIG says the doll, which is sold at Walmart and Kohl's, has been banned in Germany for privacy violations. Also, several consumer groups of filed complaints with the federal government over alleged violations of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.


WISPIRG says balloons are responsible for more choking deaths in children than any other toy or children's product.

WISPIRG is concerned about balloon sets that are marketed to children.

It warns about the following balloon sets:

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 (sold at Party City)

Party Balloons 10 (sold at Dollar City Plus)

Fidget Spinners

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

The store has since pulled these spinners from its shelves.

The products, distributed by Bulls i Toy, L.L.C., are Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass and Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal.

The Brass spinner's center circle tested for 33,000 ppm of lead, which is 300 times the legal limit for children's products.

The Metal spinner's center circle tested for 1,300 ppm of lead.

Again, Target says it has pulled these spinners from its stores. WISPIRG is now urging Bulls i Toy to issue a recall.

“Even small amounts of lead in toys can be ingested when transferred from fingers to mouth or from fingers to food,” said national lead expert Helen Binns, MD, pediatrician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “Lead harms the developing brain and is easily ingested through normal hand to mouth behaviors. Beware of these two fidget spinners, as they have dangerous amounts of lead.”