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    HAH! Made Ya look. Betcha figured I meant something else, eh? LOL

    Trouble In Toyland? Group Lists Dangerous Toys
    Toys Have Injured, Killed Children

    POSTED: 11:09 am EST November 21, 2006

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    There is trouble in toyland again this year.

    Full List: Dangerous Toys (pdf)
    Full Report: 21st Annual Trouble In Toyland
    Survey: Consider Safety?
    A consumer group said that hazardous toys are sold in stores across the country, and they are trying to alert parents.

    The 21st-annual toy safety survey was released by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group.

    "While we can report substantial progress after more than two decades of advocacy on behalf of America's littlest consumers, U.S. PIRG's researchers still found trouble in toyland," said U.S. PIRG Research Director Alison Cassady, the author of the report.

    According to the most recent data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 73,000 children under the age of 5 were treated in emergency rooms for toy-related injuries in 2005, the PIRG press release said. Last year alone, 20 children died from toy-related injuries.

    "Even one toy-related death is too many, because these deaths are preventable," said Cassady.

    The Trouble in Toyland report offers safety guidelines for purchasing toys for small children and provides examples of toys currently on store shelves that pose potential safety hazards. The group's research focused on several categories of toy dangers: toys that pose choking hazards, toys with powerful magnets, toys that contain lead, and toys that pose strangulation hazards.

    Choking Hazards: In 1979, the CPSC banned the sale of toys for children under 3 if they contain small parts. The 1994 Child Safety Protection Act required an explicit choke hazard warning on toys with small parts for children between 3 and 6.

    The group said it found toys for children under 3 with small parts and toys with small parts for children under 6 without the required choke hazard warning.

    Children continue to choke on toys that meet the letter of the law. In September, Playskool recalled the Team Talkin' Tool Bench after two children suffocated when the toy's oversized plastic nails became lodged in their throats. U.S. PIRG said it found several toys on store shelves that have parts shaped like corks or toy nails that could pose similar suffocation hazards.

    "Toddlers put everything in their mouths," said Cassady. "CPSC should make the small parts test more protective of children under 3 and consider warning labels for toys with parts shaped like corks or the toy nails that caused two children to suffocate."

    Magnetic Toys: Toymakers have started using powerful magnets in building toys and magnetic jewelry. If a child swallows more than one magnet, they can attract each other in the body and cause a bowel obstruction or life-threatening perforation, the group said. A boy died last Thanksgiving and many others have had lifesaving surgery after swallowing magnets from MEGA Brands' Magnetix toys.

    "Swallowing a magnet is not like swallowing a penny. Powerful magnets can wreak havoc inside the body," Cassady said.

    MEGA Brands has modified the design of Magnetix and placed a label on the toy's packaging warning parents about the dangers of magnets. U.S. PIRG wants the CPSC to require a warning label on all magnetic toys that tells parents to seek immediate medical attention if a child swallows magnets.

    Lead in Jewelry: Children exposed to lead can suffer delayed mental and physical development or even death. In February, a 4-year-old died of lead poisoning after he swallowed a bracelet charm that contained 99 percent lead, the group reported. U.S. PIRG researchers said that they went to just a few stores and easily found four items of children's jewelry that contain high levels of lead, ranging from 1.8 percent lead to 34 percent lead by weight.

    "We've known for decades that lead poses serious health risks to children, so it is unacceptable that consumers can still find lead-laden children's jewelry on store shelves," researchers said in a press release.

    U.S. PIRG asked CPSC to enact and enforce mandatory requirements for jewelry manufacturers, retailers, and suppliers to ensure their products do not contain lead.

    Strangulation Hazards: CPSC has decided to take another look at the dangers posed by water yo-yo balls after a 5-year-old Bellevue, Wash., boy almost suffocated last month when the toy's stretchy cord wrapped tightly around his neck several times. CPSC has recorded about 400 injuries to the eyes, face and neck since the water yo-yo ball came on the market three years ago.

    "CPSC should not wait until a child dies to protect children from the dangers posed by playing with this toy," said Cassady.

    U.S. PIRG asked CPSC to follow the state of Illinois's lead and ban the water yo-yo immediately.

    Cassady also wanted to remind parents that the toy list in the U.S. PIRG report is only a sampling of the potential hazards on store shelves.

    "Shoppers should examine all toys carefully for hidden dangers before they make a purchase this holiday season," Cassady finished.

    Distributed by Internet Broadcasting.


    Seems fitting that with the holiday shopping and Christmas around the corner....
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    Yeah got me!!

    Yeah you made me look!! Human nature is funny eh? But while I'm here...
    I think its great that you have a post as such....posts such as this can really help many people
    again many thanx Regards retired Captain/Artist City O f Toronto
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