toy safety

New York News
12:34 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Public Hearing Scheduled For Toxic Toy Bill

Researchers found a dozen toys on store shelves containing lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium and more – toxic chemicals that have been linked to cancers, cognitive impairments and hyperactivity.
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A growing national awareness of dangerous, or so-called "toxic," toys on store shelves has sparked debate over how to protect children from products containing harmful substances.  The spotlight is shining on New York State, as local governments try to deal with the issue.

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New England News
6:31 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Annual Consumer Report Points To Toy Dangers

Beth Ramey, MassPIRG consumer advocate, holds a " Grow Changer" toy that she said poses a choking hazard for young children.
Credit WAMC

With the holiday shopping season well under way, an advocacy group in Massachusetts is out with its annual warning about toy safety. The findings echo a recent report in New York: many toys on store shelves are simply unsafe.

The Public Interest Research Group released its 29th annual Trouble in Toyland report this week. Beth Ramey, a consumer advocate with the Massachusetts chapter of the national organization, discussed the report at a news conference Tuesday at the downtown Springfield YMCA, as a group of small children looked on.

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Capital Region News
7:00 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Report Finds Toxic Toys In Albany County

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Black Friday is just around the corner, but parents are being urged to take care when buying toys this year. Several being sold in Albany County contain toxic chemicals that pose health risks to children, according a new survey.  Researchers found a dozen toys on store shelves containing lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium and more – toxic chemicals that have been linked to cancers, cognitive impairments and hyperactivity.

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New England News
12:09 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Annual Report Informs Parents of Dangerous Toys

Parents can use a cardboard toilet paper tube to determine if a toy presents a choking hazard.
Credit WAMC

The United States Public Interest Research Group has released its 27th annual report detailing unsafe toys and how parents can protect their children from dangerous products on store shelves. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Yesterday, the US PIRG Education Fund Released the 27th annual Trouble in Toyland Report. Across the country, coordinators discussed the report, shared safety guidelines for consumers purchasing toys for young children and provided examples of toys on store shelves that could present safety hazards.

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