Those who choose to monitor toy safety have an obligation to do more than create fear among consumers. Indeed, if they are to serve the public, they have an obligation to enlighten consumers as well as those who make and retail toys. If done with honesty and respect, we can all benefit.
I had an opportunity to spend some time with one of the major dangerous toy lists: the Illinois PIRG’s 29th annual “Trouble In Toyland” report. I wanted to see which toys they singled out as dangerous and whether they were representative of the toy industry as a whole. Here is what I found:
There are 24 toys singled out as dangerous in the report. Of the 24 toys cited, 8 are from the same company, Greenbrier International; all sold for $1 and all were found at Dollar Tree. That is fully 1/3 of all toys cited.
In fact, most of the toys on the list fell into the lowest price range. I went through their list and noted the retail price points of the toys cited as dangerous (see below). As you will see, 11 out of the 24 toys listed as dangerous retail for $1 or less. That is almost 50%.
1 at .99
8 at $1
1 at $3.00
1 at $6.99
After reviewing these items I have to ask: Is there "Trouble in Toyland" or is there "Trouble in Cheapest Toys Primarily From One Companyland?
What do you think?