Public Interest Group Out With 2011 Dangerous Toy List

Illinois PIRG publishes 26th annual "Trouble in Toyland" report

By BJ Lutz and Charlie Wojciechowski
|  Tuesday, Nov 22, 2011  |  Updated 2:56 PM CDT
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Toys to Avoid: "Trouble in Toyland" Report

The clear plastic tube on top of the report is what is used to check the size of items that could be a choking hazard. If the item fits inside, it’s too small.

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Toys that contain dangerous chemicals, pose choking hazards or are too loud for young ears are included in a new report published annually by the Illinois Public Interest Research Group.

The "Trouble in Toyland" report, now in its 26th year, has offered safety guidelines for purchasing toys for small children and provided examples of toys currently on store shelves that pose potential safety hazards. 

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Rep. Jan Schakowsky joined Nancy Cowles, the Executive Director of Kids in Danger and IPIRG Director Brian Imus in announcing the report during a press event at Children's Memorial Hospital.

Cowles and Imus said that while the report is helpful to parents, it is not all-inclusive. They advised parents and shoppers to review the toy database provided at SaferProducts.gov.

The report comes one day after Illinois Attorney General released her 2011 shopping guide of recalled and potentially dangerous children's products.

IPIRG: 2011 Trouble in Toyland Report (.pdf)

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