DENVER (CBS4) – Just in time for the holiday season the Colorado Public Interest Research Group (CoPIRG) released the annual Trouble in Toyland report that lists products that pose a safety hazard for children.
CoPIRG has been publishing a yearly report of unsafe toys for almost 30 years. They say each year toys fall through the cracks such as a Fisher-Price Harley-Davidson toy that can be too loud for a child’s ears.
A good way to measure if a toy is too small and could be a choking hazard for a child is to see if it fits inside a toilet paper roll.
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CoPIRG says they’ve contributed to more than 150 recalls, but they’re still seeing some major issues on the shelves, such as dangerous toxins, including low levels of lead and chromium. They are also finding choking concerns with small parts of toys, balls and balloons. Toy magnets and batteries are also major worries because ingestion can be fatal. Excessive noise is another issue the group says parents should watch.
“Definitely check out our full list of hazardous toys that we found on store shelves,” Lisa Ritland with CoPIRG said.
CoPIRG said they chose the Timbuk Toys store to announce the release of their report because the company is smaller and has made safety a priority.