Last year, more than 11 million toys were recalled, as reported by the public interest nonprofit group U.S. PIRG Education Fund, mainly because they posed a hazard to children.
After examining hundreds of toys, U.S. PIRG released a list of potentially dangerous toys it found still available on store shelves for purchase. Some of these dangers include choking hazards, while others are related to high levels of lead and other harmful chemicals.
Between 1990 and 2011, there were an estimated 3,278,073 toy-related injuries involving kids under the age of 18.
According to a study published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics, the most dangerous toys for kids are actually ride-on-toys, including tricycles, wagons, scooters and small motor-powered vehicles. These toys are allegedly responsible for the growing number of emergency room visits each year, accounting for about 35 percent of injuries.
“The type of toy that seemed to be driving the increase were foot-powered scooters,” Dr. Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and coauthor of the study, told CBS News.
What kind of toys will you be buying for the children on your list this year? Make sure you check out these dangerous toys before you shop.