Balance bikes for kids laced with harmful chemicals, testers find

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Balance bikes for kids, a popular alternative to tricycles and stabilizers in some places, are not as child-friendly as many parents might hope. Product testers for a German consumer protection foundation say the balance bikes they tested, being sold on the European market and elsewhere, often contain harmful substances that put the child’s health at risk, increasing the likelihood of cancer and infertility. “The quantities found are not acutely toxic, but can harm the body in the long term,” the Stiftung Warentest foundation says in its consumer test magazine in November. According to the rep…

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