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"Trouble in Toyland" report released

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MADISON (WKOW) -- If you plan on buying toys this holiday season, the 27th annual "Trouble in Toyland" report is out.

The report, released by the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group (WISPIRG), identifies a number a dangerous or toxic toys that can still be found on store shelves.

Trever Hutcheson, a consumer advocate with WISPIRG, says parents should use common sense when buying toys and should check the labels.

"Today, the message is clear, we need to protect our littlest consumers," Hutcheson said. "And although toys are safer than they have ever been before, there's still a lot of hazardous toys out on the market that we need to make sure we are being aware of."

The report reveals the results of laboratory testing on a number of criteria, including testing toys for lead, cadmium and phthalates, all of which have been shown to adversely impact the development of young children.

Testing was also conducted to identify toys that pose a choking hazard, extremely loud toys that threaten children's hearing, and toy magnets that Hutcheson says can cause serious issues.

"Not only are they so powerful that if they were swallowed, if two of them were swallowed they can actually connect in the body and sever tissue and cause internal issues," Hutcheson says.

The study found that, despite having regulations and bans on toy safety, toys are still available that exceed toxicity limits and pose significant choking hazards.

Among the toys singled out was a "Dora the Explorer" plastic backpack, which contains a high, but legal level of phthalates.
 
For a full list of highlighted toys and to download the full report, click here.
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