Study: Dangerous Toys Still Find Their Way To Stores

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Customers line up to pay for their items at Toys'R'Us.  (credit: Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

Customers line up to pay for their items at Toys’R’Us. (credit: Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

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PHOENIX, Ariz. (CBS DC) – A new report shows that even though toys have been getting safer in recent years, dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on store shelves.

Every year the Arizona PIRG Education fund puts out a report called Trouble in Toyland. The report offers safety guidelines for purchasing toys for small children and provides examples of toys currently on store shelves that pose potential safety hazards.

“Consumers should be able to trust that the toys we buy are safe. However, until that is the case, parents and other consumers need to watch out for common hazards when shopping for toys,” Shaina Shay, a representative for the Arizona PIRG Education Fund said in a press release.

The group says that the rules governing the creation of toys are stronger, but dangerous toys are still produced. Improvements were made in 2008’s Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act which limits the amount of lead allowed in toys.

Not all toys comply with the law.

“Policy makers need to do more to protect children from the hazards of unsafe toys – no child should ever be injured, get sick, or die from playing with a dangerous toy,” Shay added in the press release.

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