Annual ‘Dangerous Toys’ list released in time for holidays

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DENVER -- Some toys may be worth passing up this holiday season due to risks including choking, noise hazards and lead poisoning, according a new report.

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) published the latest list of "dangerous toys" in its 2013 "Trouble in Toyland" report this month.

This is the 28th report published by the group, which outlines safety guidelines for purchasing toys for small children that are currently on store shelves, and may pose a potential safety hazard, according to the organization.

The group visited toy stores, malls and dollar stores across the nation throughout September, October and November 2013 to identify the year's most "dangerous toys."

Among the report's findings include examples of toys that pose potential choking hazards:

  • Greenbrier International's Princess Wand that is sold at Dollar Tree stores. The reasoning is that a small heart that fits inside the small parts cylinder detaches easily.
  • Hasbro's Littlest Pet Shop Horse. The toy sold at Kmart stores is a potential choking hazard because the bottom half of the pony easily detaches and fits within the small parts of the cylinder. There is also no small parts warning, which is required for toys intended for children between 4 and 6 years old.

There are also several toys listed for being potentially toxic due to lead and other chemicals.

  • Toys R' Us' Captain America Soft Shield is listed due to lead poisoning concerns.
  • Dollar Tree's rings are also considered dangerous due to potential lead poising concerns.

The report also features hazardous magnet toys and toys that pose noise hazards. Read the full report online here.

According to PIRG, their annual toy report has led to more than 150 recalls and other regulatory actions throughout the years.

Consumers can report any unsafe toys or toy-related injuries to the CPSC via saferproduct.gov or by calling 1-800-638-2772.

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