Cuomo warns of potentially dangerous toys

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Some popular toys this holiday season could pose a risk to children, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday. The Division of Consumer Protection tested toys for safety and released some details about potentially hazardous toys.

The Division of Consumer Protection has reached out to the manufacturers and distributors of the products about their findings and urged them to recall the items.

ITEMS LISTED BELOW:

Disney Frozen Musical Watch – The federal standard for lead in children’s toys is 100 parts per million (ppm). According to DCP’s commissioned tests, the “Disney Frozen Musical Watch,” purchased at Target and distributed by the Accutime Watch Corp., contains 160 ppm of lead in the buckle of the watch and 130 ppm in the prong used to secure it. The buckle and prong were tested separately and elevated levels of lead were found in each component.

Princess Expressions Accessory Kit – DCP’s commissioned tests determined that the necklace in the “Princess Expressions Accessory Kit,” purchased at Christmas Tree Shops and manufactured by Almar Sales Co., contained 140 ppm of lead, also exceeding the federal limit.

Lead can be a hazardous material to children and adults if it gets into their bodies. Depending on the level and length of exposure, lead can harm a young child’s growth, behavior and ability to learn. While exposure to lead can be toxic to everyone, young children are at the greatest risk of developing health problems due to lead poisoning; children under the age of 6 are more likely to get lead poisoning than any other age group. More information about lead poisoning and prevention is available on the New York State Department of Health website here.

The “Tough Treadz Auto Carrier,” manufactured for children ages 3 and up, was purchased at Family Dollar in Albany and distributed by the Midwood Brands LLC and Polyfect Toys Co. Ltd. Each toy contains an assortment of die cast metal cars with sharp edges. The sharp edges are in violation of toy safety standards enacted by the federal Consumer Product Safety and Improvement Act of 2008.

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