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Research group issues "Trouble in Toyland" report

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 - 01:24

Nov. 26 - Research group warns holiday shoppers to watch out for toxic chemicals, choking hazards and magnets in toys. Jennifer Davis reports.

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The U.S. Public Interest Research Group is releasing its 28th annual "Trouble in Toyland" report just in time for the start of holiday toy shopping season. It finds that though progress has been made to get hazardous toys off store shelves, consumers still need to be wary. The group says lab tests found several toys still contain toxic chemicals. SOUNDBITE: JENNY LEVIN, U.S. PIRG PUBLIC HEALTH ADVOCATE SAYING: "Twenty-nine times the federal standard for lead is far too much lead. This is simply unacceptable amount of lead for a young child to be exposed to. Especially because this toy is for children two and up and might be chewed on." The report warns loud toys can damage children's hearing and says toy magnets sent about 1,700 children to the emergency room between 2009 and 2011. SOUNDBITE: JENNY LEVIN, U.S. PIRG PUBLIC HEALTH ADVOCATE SAYING: "New magnetic toys are made with extremely strong magnets that can cause severe internal damage if more than one is swallowed." The report warns small toys and balls remain a choking hazard for children under the age of three, but say a simple test with a common household item can help determine what's safe. SOUNDBITE: JENNY LEVIN, U.S. PIRG PUBLIC HEALTH ADVOCATE SAYING: "Just take that with you shopping or use it to test toys you already have around the house. So for example this is a toy that passes the small parts test, but we see it easily drops through the toilet paper roll and could pose a choking hazard for kids three and under."

Research group issues "Trouble in Toyland" report

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 - 01:24

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