Toxic chemicals in second-hand plastic toy could harm children

Researchers found untested toys from the 70s and 80s would fail to meet modern safety standards. LEGO bricks are among the old plastic toys researchers have found contain dangerous levels of chemicals. Research carried out by the University of Plymouth shows that the second-hand toys would fail modern safety checks. Toy dinosaurs were among the plastic toys found to have dangerous levels of chemicals.

They tested 200 different toys, including dinosaur figurines and dolls, and found that over 10 per cent contained high levels of at least one hazardous element. They checked for nine of these elements which are toxic in low amounts and can be collected in a child's body when, for example, they put the toys in their mouths.



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