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Trouble In Toyland: Unsafe Toys This Season

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There are dangers in your house that could be posing risks to your children right now.

The latest findings in a dangerous toys study were released Tuesday by The Colorado Public Interest Research Group, or CoPIRG. It released the 24th annual Trouble in Toyland report. The report led to the recall of 130 toys last year.

The report details how children could be in danger this holiday season and some necessary steps everyone can use to protect them.

The group wants parents to be aware of four major points; choking, lead hazards, alarming noise levels and phthalates hazards (a chemical used to make plastics softer.)

A toy dinosaur that makes noise looks like a fun toy. But the sound it makes could damage your child's' ears. "Making products safer won't happen overnight," says Huddie Khalsa with CoPIRG.

That's why this Trouble in Toyland report hopes to help parents keep kids safe.

"There's not much you can do except for looking for recalled toys to protect your children from phthalates and lead," says Dr. Ken Pippus, Pediatric Trauma Surgeon for Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs.

And watch out for the little parts. "Two-year-old kids are little mobile vacuum cleaners...everything they see they grab and stick in their mouth," says Dr. Pippus.

The purse demonstrated used as a kids toy should be harmless, right? "This purse contains one band of phthalates at an estimated concentrate of 54,000 parts per million that's 5.4% and again if a toy contains .1% or higher it's banned," says Khalsa. Phthalates is a chemical that makes plastic softer.

As you get ready to wrap up the presents this holiday season, CoPIRG wants you to check out toys as they could pose hazards to your children, but also Dr. Pippus wants you to check out a certain food your child could be eating. "Peanuts are everywhere, if people think they are benign, for kids under 6, they are not...they inhale them...I hate 'em," says Dr. Pippus.

If you are unsure whether a toy has dangerous small parts there is an easy way to check, just grab an empty toilet paper roll. If the toy can easily fit in it, CoPIRG recommends you should not let your child play with it.

Below is the entire list released by the U.S. PIRG:

Toy Name: Bright Lights Phone
Manufacturer: vetch
Noise Hazard

Toy Name: Laugh & Learn Learning Phone
Manufacturer: Fisher Price
Noise Hazard

Toy Name: Kota and Pals Stompers Triceratops
Manufacturer: Playskool
Noise Hazard

Toy Name: Secret Saturdays Cryptid Claw
Manufacturer: Mattel
Noise Hazard

Toy Name: Creative Wood Stacking Rings
Manufacturer: Zaidy
Choking hazard; label violation

Toy Name: Real Wood Shape Sorter Barn
Manufacturer: P&C Enterprise
Choking hazard; label violation

Toy Name: Unnamed Play Food Tray
Manufacturer: World Market
Choking hazard; label violation

Toy Name: My First Baby Learn
Manufacturer: Zapf Creation
Choking hazard; label violation

Toy Name: Pizza Planet Gift Pak / Toy Story
Manufacturer: Mattel
Choking hazard; label violation

Toy Name: Fur Real Baby Bird
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Choking hazard; label violation

Toy Name: Touch & Feel Cloth Book
Manufacturer: Priddy Books
Contains Lead

Toy Name: Alligator Cell Phone Charm
Manufacturer: Claire’s
Contains Lead

Toy Name: Collector’s Series Painted Duck
Manufacturer: Dollar Tree
Contains Lead

Toy Name: Knight’s Helmet
Manufacturer: Dollar Tree
Contains Lead

Toy Name: Pretty Princess Puppy Purse
Manufacturer: Claire’s
Phthalates in excess of ban

Toy Name: Elmo Lunch Bag
Manufacturer: Fast Forward New York
Phthalates in excess of ban

For more and to visit the U.S. PIRG Web site, click on the link below.


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