8 Very toxic toys to buy your kids this Christmas

Ball Track, Large Basic Set

Manufacturer: Habermaass Corp., Inc.

Cadmium PPM: 981

If you want a Ball Track, you better buy it soon. On Feb.10, 2009, the U.S. will impose new limits on the level of cadmium allowed in children's product at 75 ppm.

Best Friends Band

Manufacturer: Alex Panline USA, Inc.

Arsenic PPM: 630

A package of 10 bracelets in coupled patterns, these friendship bands may share more than friendship. Arsenic has been linked to cancer and blood disorders, among other serious health issues.

Lightning McQueen Racing Chair

Manufacturer: Disney (Marshmallow)

Bromine PPM: 25,562

Bromine, a chemical widely used in flame retardants, has been linked to birth defects and reproductive problems, as well as issues with child development.

Bracelets Collection

Manufacturer: The Christmas Tree Shop

Lead PPM: 81,085

This collection of silver-colored bracelets may seem like a good stocking stuffer for young girls this Christmas season, but if several scientific studies are right, it isn't. Researchers have found that there is no safe level of lead. The damage tends to be worse when the exposed person is younger, and even the smallest amount can interfere with a child's ability to learn.

Halloween Pumpkin Pin

Manufacturer: The Christmas Tree Shop

Arsenic PPM: 4,765

Cadmium PPM: 3,847

Lead PPM: 190,943

The Halloween Pumpkin Pin, a pumpkin-faced, orange-and-green clothespin, takes the proverbial cake for unsafe chemical contamination. The Halloween Pumpkin Pin is so contaminated with toxic chemicals that it ranks near the top of for three out of five of the most toxic chemicals, including lead, arsenic and cadmium.

Hannah Montana's "2 Hearts and HM graphic Necklace"

Manufacturer: Disney (F&A Inc.)

Lead PPM: 406,510

Last year, the Hannah Montana doll, based on the Emmy-nominated 'tween series about a teenage girl (played by Billy Ray Cyrus' daughter Miley Cyrus), rivaled Barbie and the Bratz as the doll-of-choice for young girls. Don't count on the "2 Hearts and HM graphic Necklace" following in its footsteps. The necklace led the pack on the "worst toys" list of those most contaminated by lead, with a whopping 406,510 ppm of lead.

Just My Style "It's So Charming" Jewelry Charm Bracelets

Manufacturer: Just My Style Jewelry

Lead PPM: 9,254

Children's jewelry is five times more likely to contain lead above 600 ppm than other products. This bracelet is one reason why.

High School Musical Crown Necklace

Manufacturer: Disney (F.A.F., Inc.)

Lead PPM: 7,963

Research has linked exposure to lead with learning and developmental problems including decreased IQ scores, shorter attention spans and delayed learning. [via forbes]

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