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|Troubel in Toyland According to One Group
|(IRN)-Parents beware: there are still some dangerous toys out there on store shelves.
Ahead of the holiday shopping season, The Illinois Public Interest Research Group released its 25th annual Trouble in Toyland report, which found that toys that pose choking hazards and contain toxic chemicals remain on sale in many stores.
While progress has been made since the 2008 overhaul at the Consumer Product Safety Commission, PIRG says independent testing of some toys shows high levels of hazardous phthalates continue to be found in children's products, even though products containing more than 0.1 percent of the chemical are banned. The chemical is used to make plastic pliable.
PIRG says toys containing toxic levels of lead continue to be found on shelves, even though lead has been severely restricted in toys in the past two years. And despite a ban on small parts in toys for children under 3 years of age, PIRG says there are still toys available that pose serious choking hazards.
According to the CPSC, toy related injuries sent more than 250,000 children, 90,000 under the age of 5, to emergency rooms in 2009. Twelve children died from toy related injuries that year.
The Trouble in Toyland report can be found online at www.illinoispirg.org. PIRG also encourages consumers to use their safety smart phone app at www.toysafety.mobi.
While PIRG's report focuses on toys that are on many toy shelves, the Attorney General's Office is also offering a consumer guide of toys and other children's products, such as cribs, that have been recalled by the CPSC.
(Illinois Radio Network)
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