The holiday shopping season is fast approaching, and a Massachusetts consumer watchdog group has a warning to anyone in the market for a gift for a child: Toys that have been recalled for a variety of reasons by their manufacturers may still be for sale online.
The 31st annual “Trouble in Toyland” report, compiled by he Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, details potentially harmful toys that may still be available to consumers.
The report, released Tuesday, lists toys that have been recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission between January 2015 and October 2016 for possible choking and toxic hazards, as well as other problems.
Some of the toys pulled off the shelves months ago were still available online, including a remote-controlled flyer that was recalled in June because its USB charging cord could overheat.
Another included a glockenspiel that was recalled in February because of high levels of lead in the musical instrument's paint.
And an innocent-looking pencil case was deemed a hazard because two magnets that hold the lid closed could fall off, and when swallowed, reconnect and cause internal injuries.