Trouble in Toyland: Dangerous toys to cross off your child's holiday wish list

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PHOENIX -- There are some dangerous toys out there and chances are, there's at least one your child's holiday wish list.

The Arizona Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Education Fund has released its annual report, finding toys that can have "serious adverse health impacts," as well as toys that are choking or noise hazards.

“Choking on small parts, small balls and balloons is still a leading cause of toy-related injury. Between 1990 and 2009 over 200 children have died,” said Michelle Hobar, representative of the Arizona PIRG Education Fund.  “While most toys are safe, our researchers still found toys on the shelves that pose choking hazards and other toys that contain hazardous levels of toxic chemicals including lead,” Hobar explained.

Hobar stopped by 3TV Tuesday morning to explained the organization's 26th annual Trouble in Toyland toy safety survey for Scott Pasmore.

She said parents can do a really easy test themselves to determine if a toy poses a possible choking hazard. If a toy fits into the tube from a standard roll of toilet paper, something everyone has in their homes, Hobar says that toy is too small for children 3 and younger.

For more information on the U.S. Public Interest Research Group’s list of dangerous toys go to or