November 21, 2019
- Harrisburg, PA
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale hosted PennPIRG for the release of its 34th annual Trouble in Toyland report on toys that could be hazardous to children, and again called for efforts to get recalled toys quickly removed from store shelves"With the holiday shopping season underway, I urge toy shoppers across Pennsylvania to look beyond the colorful packaging and carefully consider whether the toy inside is safe and age appropriate," DePasquale said. "Federal authorities reported more than 251,000 toy-related injuries were treated by hospitals in 2017."The U.S. PIRG Education fund has identified three categories of toys that consumers should be on the lookout for: hidden toxins and hazards, detectable dangers, and recalled toys. The tested toys showcase only a small portion of the thousands of toys available for sale in stores and online. Over the past three decades, the group’s testing has led to more than 150 toy recalls and other regulatory actions.