Toxic toys to avoid this holiday season; annual Trouble in Toyland report out

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on store shelves, according to the PIRG’s 28th annual Trouble in Toyland report. The survey of hazardous toys found that despite recent progress, consumers must still be wary when shopping this holiday season.

The report reveals the results of laboratory testing on toys for toxic chemicals including lead, cadmium, and phthalates, all of which can have serious adverse health impacts on the development of children. The survey also found small toys that pose a choking hazard, extremely loud toys that threaten children’s hearing, and toy magnets that can cause serious injury if swallowed.

3TV's Yetta Gibson got the lowdown from Shaina Shay, representative for the Arizona PIRG Education Fund

"Consumers should be able to trust that the toys we buy are safe. However, until that is the case, parents and other consumers need to watch out for common hazards when shopping for toys," Shay said.

For 28 years, the Trouble in Toyland report has offered safety guidelines for purchasing toys for small children and provided examples of toys currently on store shelves that pose potential safety hazards. The group also provides a Facebook quiz to help educate parents and others about toy-related hazards.