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Are the toys you're buying safe?

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Treacherous Toys: that's the title of a report documenting dangerous toys on the shelves. The report was released by the New York Public Interest Research Group - or- NYPIRG - this month. It details more than a dozen toys that contain choking hazards and toxic materials like lead. As our Katie Gibas reports, the biggest concern is that thousands of these dangerous toys are on shelves all over the country.

NEW YORK STATE -- There's nothing like Christmas morning. Kids opening presents and ready to play with every toy. But before you wrap those gifts, you should check to make sure they're safe.

"What's interesting, mostly, about a product like this, that it is labeled that it does contain lead, right here at the bottom. However, a toy product should not have lead in it to begin with," said Jessica Johnnes, the NYPIRG Project Coordinator.

According to NYPIRG's Annual Toy Safety Report, more than a dozen toys that are labeled safe, posed choking hazards, impact hazards, and contained toxic substances, like lead.

"The goal is that toys don't come in such small parts. Not only that, but the expectation should be that we shouldn't have to wonder if lead or other toxic chemicals come in our toys," said Nicole St. James, NYPIRG Consumer Advocate.

Experts recommend that when you're in the toy store, make sure to look at the toys that you're planning on buying. Check for a warning label to make sure they're age appropriate. When you get home, you'll want to take a toilet paper tube and make sure that none of the parts of the toys you're buying fit in. If they do, it's a choking hazard.

"That's the whole point of putting together a report like this is drawing attention to the fact that some manufacturers might not be complying with these guidelines. Therefore, it's up to parents right now to decide which toys are safe," said Johnnes.

Advocates are calling on the Consumer Product Safety Commission to revise the size of what's considered a choking hazard, to include larger toys and keep them off the shelves and out of kids' hands and mouths.


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