Shopping for toys for the holidays can make us feel like kids again. But an Oregon group wants consumers to be aware of potentially hazardous playthings.
The "Trouble in Toyland" report is an annual survey of dangerous or toxic toys released by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. Maya Kumar is from Oregon's chapter:
Kumar: "Our report highlighted four main things parents should watch out for: toxics in toys, choking hazards, magnetic toys and finally, excessively noisy toys."
Although legislation passed in 2008 helps keep the most dangerous products off the market, some unsafe toys have slipped through. Kumar cites a Ninja Turtles pencil case with high levels of toxic chemicals. She says it's exempt from the law because it isn't considered a toy or a childcare article.
The report, and a list of toy tips, is available by clicking here.