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Top dangerous toys list 2013: Which treacherous toys should you avoid this year?

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The top dangerous toys list was published Tuesday, which identifies 14 of the most treacherous toys of 2013. The New York Public Interest Research Group released this year's Treacherous Toys List in an effort to put pressure on toy manufacturers to make toy safety their top priority when producing kids' toys. According to the Mid-Hudson News Network, the report is timed to coincide with the holiday season and is meant as a guide for shopping Santa’s and parents when making toy purchases, said NYPIRG Consumer Advocate Stuart Allen in New Paltz, N.Y..

The consumer watchdog group compiled a team of study participants who evaluated toys from Nov. 22 through Dec. 4, according to CNY Central on Dec. 10.

The NYPIRG team identified 14 potentially unsafe toys and children's products in 35 retail stores across their state. Seven toys were found to pose a choking hazard.

Three toys and children's products tested positive for "toxic substances" and two toys posed an "impact hazard".

Choking hazards are the result of small toy parts, small balls, marbles and/or balloons, and continues to be the major cause of toy-related deaths and injuries to children.

Over 90 children died from choking incidents between 2001 and 2012. This year surveyors discovered several toys that contained small parts or "near small part" toys.

The problem is the toys containing small parts also contained improper labels, and might be mistakenly purchased for children under 3-years of age.

Click here for the complete list of dangerous toys, as well as links to other consumer watchdog groups' findings. There is also a complete explanation as to what criteria are used in deeming the toys potentially dangerous.

Here's the top 14 list of toys from NYPIRG:

  1. MAX STEEL INTERACTIVE STEEL WITH TURBO SWORD by Mattel.
  2. BIG ROCK & ROLL BALL PIT by The Little Tikes Company.
  3. N-STRIKE JOLT BLASTER by Hasbro.
  4. DISNEY BABY SNOW WHITE by Tollytots Limited.
  5. PRINCESS WAND by Greenbrier International.
  6. LITTLEST PET SHOP - SUNIL NEVLA by Hasbro.
  7. LITTLEST PET SHOP - SEAL AND DOLPHINS by Hasbro.
  8. LITTLEST PET SHOP - CANDYSWIRL DREAMS COLLECTION by Hasbro.
  9. GOBBLE GOBBLE GUPPIES by SwimWays.
  10. LOVING FAMILY OUTDOOR BARBEQUE SET by Mattel.
  11. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES PENCIL CASE by Innovative Design, LLC.
  12. MARVEL SUPERHERO SQUAD SOFT SHIELD by Disguise, Inc..
  13. SONIC SOUND SIZZLERS NOISE MAGNETS by JA-RU, Inc..
  14. LAMAZE TAKE AND TIDY ACTIVITY MAT by TOMY.

More information regarding each toy's specific hazard and age categories can be found on the NYPIRG website. Also be sure to check out ToySafetyTips.org.

Please share any potential hazards you may have identified yourself here or post to SaferProducts.gov.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

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