Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Be wary of hazardous toys, ConnPIRG warns

Toys considered dangerous, according to U.S. PIRG’s 28th annual Trouble in Toyland report, are displayed during a news conference in Washington Tuesday. /  Manuel Balce Ceneta — The Associated Press

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Investigations Editor
 With the holiday shopping season here, parents need to know there are still seemingly benign, but hazardous toys for sale on store shelves, according to the Connecticut Public Interest Research Group.
ConnPIRG unveiled the 28th annual Trouble in Toyland report Tuesday at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford.
“We need to protect our littlest consumers from unsafe toys,” said Sean Doyle, an associate with ConnPIRG. “When our researchers went out, they found dangerous toys at retailers from dollar stores to national chains.”
The nonprofit organization sent toys for laboratory testing, according to Doyle. Testing was done for chemicals such as lead, cadmium and phthalates, which can negatively impact child development.

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