Trouble in Toyland - Potential Hazards

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ATLANTA -- Many of you will be hitting the stores hard this weekend as the holiday shopping season kicks into high gear but a national consumer group has already beat you to it. 

For 28 years, U.S. PIRG has been testing toys to help keep your kids safe and has just released this year's report. 

The U.S Public Interest Research group says there is still 'Trouble in Toyland'. They started their shopping early and identified 20 toys, they say, demonstrate various hazards that could put your kids in harm's way.

Click here to see U.S. PIRG'S, 'Trouble in Toyland', report.

"We see it easily drops through the toilet paper roll and could pose a choking hazard for kids 3 and under," said the author of the report, Jenny Levin, as she dropped a small toy through the roll. 

U.S. PIRG has identified several potential toy hazards like choking, toxic chemicals and lead. 

Like the Captain America Soft Shield they say tested 29 times higher than the federal limits set for lead. 

"This is simply an unacceptable amount of lead for a young child to be exposed to," Levin said. 

What's also concerning is the amount of phthalates and cadmium they say they found in a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pencil Case. 

Or potentially hazardous magnetic toys that U.S. PIRG says could be ingested,  like the Sonic Sound Sizzlers Noise Magnets. And speaking of noise. They found some toys are too loud. Like the Chat and Count Smart Phone.

"This exceeds not only the 65 decibel standard for toys held close to the ear, but actually reaches above 85 decibels," Levin added.

It's recommended you use your best judgment, if it sounds too loud for you it's probably too loud for your child. When shopping, you can take a standard toilet paper roll with you to test for small parts or use it to test toys around your home. 

The U.S. PIRG complete list follows: 

Toys containing small parts:

Princess Wand made by Greenbrier International, sold at Dollar Store for $1

Toys containing small parts with label violations: 

Bead Kit made by Greenbrier International, sold at Dollar Store for $1

Littlest Pet Shop - #2744 Horse made by Hasbro, sold at Kmart for $3.99

Littlest Pet Shop - Candyswirl Dreams Collection #3313 made by Hasbro, sold at Wal-mart for $4.49

Littlest Pet Shop- Sunil Nevla made by Hasbro, sold at Wal-mart for $3.99

Littlest Pet Shop-Candyswirl Dreams Collection #3317, sold at Wal-mart for $4.49

Littlest Pet Shop- Seal and Dolphins made by Hasbro, sold at Kmart for $4.49

Small Ball-Like toys, toy parts, and rounded food toys posing choking hazards: 

Gobble Gobble Guppies made by SwimWays, sold at Kmart for $14.99

Super Play Food Set made by Geoffrey LLC, sold at Toys-R-Us for $19.99

Near-small parts that may pose choking hazards: 

Fisher-Price Loving Family Outdoor Barbecue, made by Mattel, sold at Kmart for $22.99

Balloons marketed to children under 8: 

Punch Balloons made by Toy Investments, Inc, sold at Toys-R-Us for $.98

Potentially Toxic Toys: 

Captain America Soft Shield, tested at 2900 ppm lead. Made by Disguise, Inc., sold at Toys-R-Us for $8.99.  The federal standard for lead in toys and children's products is nothing in excess of 100 ppm. 

Rings - all rings tested positive for lead, ranging up to 200 ppm. Manufacturer/Distributor Greenbrier International, sold at Dollar General for $1.00. 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pencil Case, tested at 150,000 ppm DEHP and 600 ppm cadmium. Manufacturer/Distributor, Innovative Design, LLC, sold at Toys-R-Us for $4.99. 

Lamaze Take and Tidy Activity Mat, tested at 900 ppm Antimony. Antimony posed health hazards to children. It may not violate soluble Antimony limit but puts infants at risk for exposure. Manufacture/Distributor, Tomy, sold by Babies-R-Us for $39.99.

Monster High Skelita Halloween Costumer test at 80 ppm Antimony. Manufacturer/Distributor, Rubie's Custume Co, sold at Toys-R-Us for $29.99.

Potentially Hazardous Magnet Toys: 

Sonic Sound Sizzlers Noise Magnets, manufactured by JA-RU Inc, sold by Dollar General for $1.00.

Noise Hazards: 

Chat and County Smart Phone tested above 85 decibels. Manufactured by Leap Frog Enterprises, Inc and sold by Babies-R-Us for $17.99. 

Lil' Pal Phone tested above 85 decibels made by  Leap Frog Enterprises, Inc and sold by Babies-R-Us for $9.99. 

Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Remote tested above 85 decibels. Made by Mattel and sold by Babies-R-Us for $12.99.

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