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November 21, 2019 - Harrisburg, PA

Auditor General DePasquale Urges Holiday Shoppers to Review Toy Safety Before Buying

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.



<a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17610_AUDGEN_TOY_SAFETY_CZ_01.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The U.S. PIRG Education fund shows examples of toy hazards to look out for, including hidden toxics and hazards, detectable dangers, and recalled toys, at the Harrisburg Capitol on November 21, 2019. <a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17610_AUDGEN_TOY_SAFETY_CZ_02.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announces the release of the 34th annual Trouble in Toyland report, advising to recall and remove hazardous toys from store shelves, at the Harrisburg Capitol on November 21, 2019. <a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17610_AUDGEN_TOY_SAFETY_CZ_03.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Amy Bollinger of Penn State Children's Hospital discusses common types of toy-related trauma she has witnessed, at the Harrisburg Capitol on November 21, 2019. <a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17610_AUDGEN_TOY_SAFETY_CZ_04.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announces the release of the 34th annual Trouble in Toyland report, advising to recall and remove hazardous toys from store shelves, at the Harrisburg Capitol on November 21, 2019. <a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17610_AUDGEN_TOY_SAFETY_CZ_05.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Emma Horst-Martz of the PennPIRG Education Fund demonstrates how to test for choking hazards in children's toys at the Harrisburg Capitol on November 21, 2019. <a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17610_AUDGEN_TOY_SAFETY_CZ_06.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Emma Horst-Martz of the PennPIRG Education Fund demonstrates how to test children's toys for noise hazards that can lead to hearing loss at the Harrisburg Capitol on November 21, 2019. <a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17610_AUDGEN_TOY_SAFETY_CZ_07.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announces the release of the 34th annual Trouble in Toyland report, advising to recall and remove hazardous toys from store shelves, at the Harrisburg Capitol on November 21, 2019. <a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17610_AUDGEN_TOY_SAFETY_CZ_08.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announces the release of the 34th annual Trouble in Toyland report, advising to recall and remove hazardous toys from store shelves, at the Harrisburg Capitol on November 21, 2019. <a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17610_AUDGEN_TOY_SAFETY_CZ_09.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Amy Bollinger of Penn State Children's Hospital discusses common types of toy-related trauma she has witnessed, at the Harrisburg Capitol on November 21, 2019. <a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17610_AUDGEN_TOY_SAFETY_CZ_10.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Amy Bollinger of Penn State Children's Hospital warns of how small magnetic toys can cause internal damage when ingested, at the Harrisburg Capitol on November 21, 2019. <a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17610_AUDGEN_TOY_SAFETY_CZ_11.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Auditor General Eugene DePasquale warns that recalled toys are commonly still found on store shelves, at the Harrisburg Capitol on November 21, 2019. <a href="http://filesource.abacast.com/commonwealthofpa/photo/17610_AUDGEN_TOY_SAFETY_CZ_12.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Emma Horst-Martz of the PennPIRG Education Fund says her group has found toxins in children's toys, including high levels of borax in slime, at the Harrisburg Capitol on November 21, 2019.