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Toys that may pose a hazard this holiday season

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Although recalls for toys considered hazardous to children’s health were considerable less this year, the US Public Interest Research Group has issued a warning about several products found to contain an excessive amount of lead, including the Captain American Soft Shield, as well as toy jewelry found at Dollar General Stores. The shield, sold at Toys R Us,, was found to contain 29 times the legal limit of lead, according to PIRG tests.

The group also found that two phones, the Chat and Count Phone and Lil’ Phone Pal from leap Frog, as well as Fischer Price’s Laugh & Learn phone for toddlers “exceeded federal decibel limits.”
Toys containing small parts which may pose possible choking hazards included:

Fisher-Price Loving Family Barbecue made by Mattel; Punch Balloons made by Toy Investments, Inc.; Princes Wands and Bead Kits made by Greenbrier; Super Play Food Set by Geoffrey LLC; Gobble Gobble Guppies from Swimways; and Hasbro’s Little Pet Sop-Sunil Nevla, Littlest Pet Shop Candyswirls Dream Collection #3317; Littlest Pet Shop Seals & Doplhins; and Littlest Pet Shop #2744 Horse.
On the meantime, the toy industry has disputed some of their findings.

“We know that toys are safe,” stated vice president of standards and regulatory affairs at the Toy Industry Association Joan Lawrence. “In this country, by law, toys are required to have been tested and certified before they are put on store shelves.”

She also stated that “PIRG did not use a testing lab accredited by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which approves all laboratories for manufacturers to use for their products.

As a result, Patty Davis spokeswoman for the CPSC said that they will begin picking up samples of the disputed toys and conduct their own tests to see if further action needs to be taken. She also noted that thanks to a 2008 law which set more stringent standards for children’s products, recalls have been dropping consistently. In fact, only 31 toys were recalled this year, down from 50 in 2009 and 172 in 2008.”
For more information, readers can contact the Consumer Products Safety Commisson at www.cpsc.gov

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