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Trouble in Toyland report released Tuesday

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A warning for parents as you head out for holiday shopping. There are a number of toys out there that could be dangerous for your kids.

The Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group (WISPIRG) released its 28th annual "Trouble in Toyland" report on Tuesday. It identifies a number a dangerous or toxic toys that can still be found on store shelves.

And despite the number of toys that slip through the cracks, officials say the number of recalls have dropped significantly. They say progress was made after Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act in 2008. It was the first major overhaul of product and toy safety since the early 1970's.  

"Policy makers responded to an unprecedented wave of recalls by passing a law to revamp the consumer product safety commission so it can better protect American kids from unsafe toys," Bruce Speight, the director of WISPIRG, said. "I think part of that is due to the fact that the agency now has the funding to enact speedy recalls and they're holding the manufacturers accountable for testing toys before they go on the market." 

Speight said there are four hazards: toxic, choking, magnetic, and excessively noisy toys. He said choking is the leading cause of recalls

"We all know that toddlers put everything in their mouths," Speight said. "Between 2001 and 2011, over 80 children choked to death on balloons, balls, or parts of toys."

According to Speight people can check if toys are a choking hazard by using an empty toilet paper roll.

"If a toy fits into this tube, it's too small for a child under three years old," Speight said.

He also said parents should always examine toys before they make a purchase and should always read labels, warnings, and age requirements.

To view the full Trouble in Toyland report from WISPIRG, click here.

You can also report unsafe toys or toy-related injuries to CPSC at its website or by calling at 1-800-638-2772.
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