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Be careful about toxins in toys, groups urge

Despite new federal rules that limit certain toxins in children's toys, shoppers should still be on guard, according to U.S. PIRG, a federation of state public interest research groups.

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Childproof Your Relative's Home

A new toy safety report by North Carolina Public Interest Research Group reminds parents to be aware of toys with small parts as well as toys that may contain toxic chemicals or magnetic hazards.

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Trouble in Toyland, 23rd Annual Toy Safety Report

The 2008 Trouble in Toyland report is the 23rd annual Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) survey of toy safety. This report provides safety guidelines for parents when purchasing toys for small children and provides examples of toys currently on store shelves that may pose potential safety hazards. We visited numerous toy stores and other retailers to find potentially dangerous toys and identify trends in toy safety. This year, we focused specifically on toys that contain lead and phthalates in our research. 

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Consumer Group Alerts Shoppers to Hidden Toy Hazards

Hazardous toys are still sold in stores across the country, despite a new law overhauling the nation’s product safety watchdog agency, according to the 23rd annual toy safety survey released today by the North Carolina Public Interest Research Group (NCPIRG). This survey was released today during a press conference at WakeMed Hospital. Guest speakers included Ashley Chase, Public Interest Advocate for NCPIRG, Dr. Courtney Mann, Medical Director of WakeMed’s Children Emergency Department, and Jennifer Slusser, a concerned parent. The group also warned that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is taking actions to delay one of the new law’s toxic toy protections indefinitely.

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Hidden Toy Hazards

There's still plenty to worry about what you find in the toy aisles despite new federal rules that limit certain toxins from children's toys, according to U.S. PIRG, a federation of state public interest research groups.

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