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Trouble in Toyland report identifies problematic toys

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Updated: 11/26/2013 11:53 am
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Trouble in Toyland report is out for the 28th year, just in time for Christmas.

The report provides safety guidelines to parents who will be hitting the malls and stores for toys this week.

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) says some toys on store shelves may pose potential safety hazards.

Researchers found two toys in violation of standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission on lead. Those include the Captain America Soft Shield. It had 29 times the standard for lead.

The Ninja Turtles Pencil Case contained levels of phthalates above the federal legal limit.

Other problematic toys included the Buckyball magnets. They're made with neodymium iron boron. The CPSC estimated between 2009 and 2011 there were 1,700 emergency room cases nationwide involving the ingestion of high-powered magnets

PIRG also made note of the Chat & Count Smart Phone. It emanates a sound measuring higher than 85 decibels at a distance of 2.5 centimeters. Pressed up against the ear, the noise could be problematic for young children. Researchers noted a recent survey that showed one-in-five children have some type of hearing loss by their 12th birthday.

The consumer group blasted policymakers by saying the Toxic Substances Control Act is failing the most vulnerable consumers, pregnant women and children.

The full report is attached to this story for you to read.  If you need to report unsafe toys or toy-related injuries, visit the U.S. PIRG's website.
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