‘Trouble in Toyland’ report released on hottest toys

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Posted on November 20, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 20 at 9:05 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Children are starting to make their list for Santa this holiday season but how do you know if the year's hottest toys are safe?

The Public Interest Research Group released its 27th annual ‘Trouble in Toyland’ report on Tuesday.

Researchers looked at 200 toys and found that 12 were of concern.

According to the group, the number one thing for parents of children under three is choking hazards. That's measured by whether the toy will fit in a small cylinder. You can do the same test at home by seeing if a toy fits through a toilet paper roll.

The other danger-- noisy toys, toys that are too close to tiny ears should not be louder than 65 decibels.

"While toys are safer than ever before, parents need to watch out for common hazards when shopping for toys.  Over the last 27 years ‘Trouble in Toyland’ has led to at least 150 recalls and other actions to get dangerous toys off store shelves," said public health advocate Nasima Hossain.

The group also said that lead and other toxins were less of a concern this year, thanks to a 2008 product safety law that issued strict limits on metals and chemicals in toys.

Click here to see the full report.

 

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