Dangerous toy report released; lead content, choking hazards reviewed

Toy stores are already crowded with customers, and gifts are getting wrapped for the holidays. But before you go any further, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group has compiled some useful information about what to look out for.

Toxic toys are not supposed to have more than 100 parts per million of lead or 1,000 parts per million of phthalates.

However, the report found The Captain America Soft Shield had 29 times the federal limit of lead.

Toys meant to be listened to should not exceed 65 decibels, like the Chat and Count Smart Phone that measures higher than 85.

The most common toys children choke on are plastic food and magnets, causing 90 deaths between 2001 and 2012.

For the complete report click here: http://bit.ly/1hhY9kj

"All of us here are very well educated about what toys we have here," Tracie Davis, manager of Brookside Toy and Science, said.

Davis said they get most of their toys from Europe or the United States, both of which have high toy-making standards. She said to look for the age recommendation, how many small pieces they have and what products are used to make them.

"If you can, shop at a retailer that you trust and know. We love that our customers know that they can come in here and ask us for help," Davis said.

 

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