Report reveals dangerous toys on shelves

The AP reports that the US Public Interest Research Group announced that it found toxic or dangerous toys at major retailers and discount stores in the course of conducting research for its annual report. The group analyzed 50 toys and found violations in fewer than a dozen, including a Captain America Soft Shield from Toys R Us that had “29 times the legal limit of lead,” a package of Dollar General toy jewelry that had twice the legal limit of lead, six toys that could pose a choking hazard, and three toys that exceeded Federal limits on decibels.

A Consumer Product Safety Commission spokeswoman said that commission staff have begun collecting samples of the toys and “will test them to see if further action is needed.”

In addition to toys with high levels of lead, CBS News reports on its website that in addition to several toys with high levels of lead, PIRG also found toys with high levels of phthalates, which studies have linked to increased insulin resistance in teens, increased diabetes risk for women, and obesity in African-American children.

Other toys PIRG determined to be dangerous included toys with small magnets that could be swallowed and cause internal damage, toys that could lead to hearing loss, and toys with small parts that could pose a choking hazard.

NBC News provides a list of toys on its website that failed PIRG’s “choke tube” test, during which toys were inserted into a special tube designed to simulate the size of a three-year-old child’s throat to determine the possibility of a choking, the “most common cause of toy-related deaths.”

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