MEDIA ADVISORY: Survey Finds Dangerous and Toxic Toys on Store Shelves

November 20, 2012

News conference to release Ohio PIRG’s 27th annual Trouble in Toyland report and list of dangerous toys. The report highlights that, while product safety reforms have improved the marketplace, there are still dangerous toys on store shelves that pose a safety hazard.  Ohio PIRG will also release an interactive website for safe toy shopping that consumers can access on their smart phones.

Tracy Mehan, Center for Injury Research & Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Tabitha Woodruff, Ohio PIRG Advocate

Tuesday, November 20th, 10:00 a.m.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Research III building
Parsons Ave. & Livingston Ave., Columbus, Ohio
Parking for media representatives is available in the parking lot on the west side of Parsons Avenue, between the Orthopedic Center at 479 Parsons Avenue and the new Research Building III.  Turn west onto Children’s Crossroad from Parsons Avenue and then turn right into the parking lot. Walk across Children’s Crossroad to the Research Building III northwest entrance that faces Children’s Crossroad, where an escort will provide you access to the building.

Excellent Visuals and Examples of Hazardous Toys
Ohio PIRG, the Ohio Public Interest Research Group, is a non-profit, non-partisan public interest advocacy organization that takes on powerful interests on behalf of its members, working to win concrete results for our health and well-being.

Tabitha Woodruff, Advocate
Ohio PIRG Education Fund 
Office: (614) 228-1447
Cell: (419) 575-7044 

Pam Barber, Media Relations Director  
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Office: (614) 355-0495
Cell: (614) 519-5130

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at