Magnets, Dora the Explorer Guitar Among Most Dangerous Toys

ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — The U.S. Public Interest Research Group says roughly a dozen toys currently found on store shelves could post a danger to children.

The group examined nearly 200 toys for its annual Trouble in Toyland report.

The group says magnets in toys, such as the Buckyball, are among the most dangerous to children. The magnets can severely pinch a child’s fingers and cause internal damage if swallowed.

The USPIRG estimates 1,700 emergency room cases were directly attributable to high-powered magnets between 2009 and 2001. More than 70 percent of those cases involved children between the ages of 4 and 12.

A Dora the Explorer guitar has been placed on the list because it’s too loud.

A full listing of the dangerous toys can be found on the USPIRG website.


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