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Report Lists Potentially Dangerous Toys

PHOTO: A shopping cart play set is among two dozen toys named as potential hazards for children in the latest annual "Trouble in Toyland" report. Photo courtesy of U.S. Public Interest Research Group.
PHOTO: A shopping cart play set is among two dozen toys named as potential hazards for children in the latest annual "Trouble in Toyland" report. Photo courtesy of U.S. Public Interest Research Group.
December 24, 2014

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Before Nevadans fill the stockings of little loved ones this holiday season, a new annual report lists potential toy dangers to watch out for on store shelves.

Pam Clough, an organizer with the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, says they've released their "Trouble in Toyland" report for 29 years and as a result, more than 150 toys have either been recalled or taken off the market.

"It is great to see progress is being made," says Clough. "But it's evident there are still dangerous toys on the shelves."

Clough says the findings highlight the need for consumers to be proactive and do their research before buying, and examine items that already have been purchased for possible dangers. The Toy Industry Association claims PIRG's past unsafe-toy reports were based on improper testing methods that aren't approved by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Among the 24 toys on the list this year, Clough says they uncovered four main hazards including toxins, choking risks, magnets and excessively noisy toys.

"We found toys that contained phthalates that are well over the legal limits," she says. "For example, a Dora backpack was 20 percent phthalates, which is ridiculous."

Clough says the toxic chemicals found in toys can have adverse health effects on a child's development, and the list includes lead and chromium. She says toy safety standards have improved with passage of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NV