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Consumer Group Says Many Unsafe Toys Still On The Market

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Aired 11/24/09

Despite new federal safety standards, many toys on store shelves could pose a hazard to children. The California Public Interest Research Group has released its 24th annual Trouble in Toyland report.

— Despite new federal safety standards, many toys on store shelves could pose a hazard to children. The California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG) has released its 24th annual Trouble in Toyland report.

The CALPIRG report lists toys that are potentially dangerous.

For example, the consumer group says a number of toy cell phones emit sounds that could cause hearing loss in young children. There's also jewelry that contains high levels of lead on the market.

CALPIRG's William Sealy says some toys could pose a choking hazard. He says there's a simple way to find out.

"If you take off the toilet paper from their toilet paper roll, if a toy fits within that roll, it is probably too small for your child, if under the age of three," Sealy says.

CALPIRG has launched a toy safety application for smart phones. Sealy says parents can use the app when they're shopping.

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