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Report Warns Consumers Against Unsafe Toys

Posted November 22, 2005 3:30 a.m. EST

— A report released Tuesday by the North Carolina Public Interest Research Group has found that hazardous toys continue to be sold in stores across the country.

The 20th annual NCPIRG Trouble in Toyland report offers safety guidelines for purchasing toys for small children and provides examples of toys currently on store shelves that pose potential safety hazards.

NCPIRG's research focused on four categories of toy dangers: toys that contain toxic chemicals, toys that pose choking hazards, toys that are dangerously loud, and toys that pose strangulation.

NCPIRG also reminds consumers to consider the ages of all children in a particular household before purchasing toys and urges people to keep in mind that the federal government does not test all toys and that not all toys on store shelves meet government regulations.