There’s almost nothing more thrilling than watching a child excitedly unwrap his or her gifts on Christmas morning. Giddy with the magic of the holiday season, they race downstairs early in the morning to find that Santa Claus has paid them a visit, and hopefully, those items at the top of their Christmas list will be under the tree.

And while parents may strive to find their children the perfect gift for the holidays, some toys present potential hazards. Although federal regulations and recalls are in place, toys still make it to store shelves across the country that are unsafe for children.

Here are some of those toys.

The Consumer Federation of America partnered with the U.S. Public Interest Group to release the 29th Annual Survey of Toy Safety, “Trouble in Toyland” to help consumers identify potentially harmful products. 

Click through the following slides to find out which toys are the most dangerous for 2014 and why.

Lead

Childhood exposure to even low levels of lead can undermine development, which in turn can damage academic achievements and attentiveness.

Toys containing lead:

Product name: Badge Playset

Label on toy: 3+

Why toy is a potential hazard: The sheriff’s star and the “special police” badge contain lead above the legal coatings limit of 90ppm, measuring above 110ppm.

Manufacturer/Distributer: Greenbrier International

Item number (if known): 186445-16750-004-1306

Store: Dollar Tree

Price: $1

Chromium

Skin contact with chromium can cause severe allergic reactions, which can include anything from skin redness and irritation, to swelling, to ulcers. Chromium compounds are also carcinogenic.

Toys containing Chromium:

Product name: Jake and the Neverland Pirates tambourine

Label on toy: 2+

Why toy is a potential hazard: The metal cymbals contain 580 ppm chromium, above the standard of 60 ppm.
Manufacturer/Distributer: Greenbrier International

Item number (if known): 187254-23285-015-1403

Store: Dollar Tree

Price: $1

 

Phthalates

Exposure to phthalates at crucial developmental stages can harm or hinder the development of the male reproductive system, and can be linked to the early onset of puberty.

Toys containing Phthalates:

Product name: Hello Kitty Bracelet and Hair Clips Accessory Set

Label on toy: 3+

Why toy is a potential hazard: The plastic covering of the hairclips contains 5,100 ppm of the phthalate DEHP, above the legal limit of 1,000 ppm.

Manufacturer/Distributer: H.E.R. Accessories/Joann Stores Inc.

Item number (if known): 1342-8966

Store: Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores

Price: $3

Product name: Leopard pattern rubber duck

Label on toy: 2+

Why toy is a potential hazard: The duck contains 1400 ppm of the phthalate DINP, above the legal limit of 1000 ppm.
Manufacturer/Distributer: Infantino

Store: Walmart

Price: $0.97

Product name: Dora the Explorer backpack

Label on toy: 3+

Why toy is a potential hazard: The plastic portion of the backpack contains 200,000 ppm of the phthalate DEHP and 3,000 ppm DINP, both of which are banned above 1,000 ppm. The backpack may not be considered a toy, and therefore, it may be exempt from the standard. Regardless, the U.S. PIRG Education Fund believes that all children’s products should be held to a standard that keeps children safe.

Manufacturer/Distributer: HFAB Starpoint

Item number (if known): k56684-AN-012411

Store: Walgreens

Price: $4.99

Small parts and pieces

Small parts and pieces can block a child’s airway and become a choke hazard. For children, especially under the age of three, this can be a potentially deadly hazard.

Toys containing small parts:

Product name: Edushape 80 Pieces Textured Blocks

Label on toy: 2+

Why toy is a potential hazard: The smallest semi-circular foam blocks in the set fit into the choke test cylinder. Not every set that was purchased in the survey contained these small parts, but small parts are not permitted in toys for children under the age of three.

Manufacturer/Distributer: Edushape

Item number (if known): Cat. No. 716080

Store: Purchased by researchers from both a boutique toy store and Amazon.com.

Price: $34.99

Product name: Our Generation: Sydney Lee and “Stars in Your Eyes”

Label on toy: Non-standard choke hazard warning; 3+

Why toy is a potential hazard: The yo-yo included with the doll fits into the choke test cylinder. The toy should have a CPSC small parts warning label, as required for toys containing small parts and intended for children ages three to five.

Manufacturer/Distributer: Maison Joseph Battat

Item number (if known): 08609130

Store: Target

Price: $31

Product name: Disney Junior Doc McStuffins Figurine Playset

Label on toy: Non-standard choke hazard warning; 3+

Why toy is a potential hazard: The figurines can be broken off their bases, creating small parts that fit into the choke test cylinder. The toy should have a CPSC small parts warning label, as required for toys containing small parts and intended for children ages three to five.

Manufacturer/Distributer: Disney Store

Item number (if known): B00BQD7LU2

Store: Amazon

Price: $13.84

Small balls less than 1.75 inches in diameter

These balls can be a hazard for children three years old and younger.

Toys containing small balls:

Product name: Magic Towel (football and baseball shaped)

Label on toy: 3+

Why toy is a potential hazard: The ball is larger than the choke test cylinder, but smaller than the small ball tester. The toy lacks a small ball warning, required for any small ball intended for children over the age of three

Manufacturer/Distributer: Greenbrier International

Item number (if known): 119208-10062-001-1207

Store: Dollar Tree

Price: $1

Balloons

Balloons can be easily inhaled while attempting to inflate, and potentially can become stuck in a child’s throat. According to the survey, balloons are responsible for more choking deaths among children than any other toy or children’s product.

Toys containing balloons:

Product name: Mega Value Pack 16 Latex Punch Balloons

Label on toy: Statutory balloon warning (Children under 8 can suffocate), the statutory small parts warning (not for children under 3), and the 3+ label

Why toy is a potential hazard: Balloons are dangerous for children under 8, but the package is labeled for 3+

Manufacturer/Distributer: Amscan

Item number (if known): No. 392656 13158 or UPC 0 48419 93287 1

Store: Party City

Price: $5.99

Magnets

The study warns that when two or more powerful magnets are swallowed, they can have fatal health consequences as their attractive forces draw them together inside the body.

Toys containing powerful magnets:

Product name: The Mini Set

Label on toy: Lengthy disclaimer

Why toy is a potential hazard: Comparable toys have been subject to recall by the CPSC. Zen Magnets is fighting the CPSC’s efforts to recall its products

Manufacturer/Distributer: Zen Magnets

Store: Zen Magnets online store

Price: $12.65

Product name: Buckyballs

Label on toy: Lengthy disclaimer

Why toy is a potential hazard: This toy is subject to recall by the CPSC. It is illegal to sell it in the U.S.

Manufacturer/Distributer: Maxfield & Oberton

Item number (if known): UPC 8 56590 00322 4

Store: Buckyballstore.com

Price: $20

 

Batteries

If batteries are ingested, chemical reactions can burn through the esophagus and blood vessels, causing fatal internal bleeding.

Toys containing battery hazards:

Product name: Cherubic Cetacean

Label on toy: Non-standard choke hazard warning; 3+

Why toy is a potential hazard: Children can remove the batteries, which are near-small parts. The toy has already been recalled for this reason in Australia. In addition, under mild abuse, the toy broke into small parts that fit into the choke tube, and it does not have the CPSC warning label

Manufacturer/Distributer: Hua Cai

Item number (if known): B698A

Store: Super 99c Century

Price: $6.99

Excessive noise

Exposure to excessive noise can lead to hearing loss, which is especially problematic for young children, as the loss of hearing at a young age has ramifications for speech development. In this year’s study, shoppers found toys that are very loud, though not necessarily in violation of federal limits.