Toxic toys invading Capital Region ahead of holidays

EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. (NEWS10) — An annual report on hazardous toys and safety is out, just in time for the holidays.

The survey looked at more than 200 toys – including one that NEWS10ABC purchased from Target just hours ago. It’s been flagged as dangerous for the loud noise it makes.

We asked a shopper if the toy was too loud.

“No, no that wouldn’t even scare me,” said parent Gabrielle Nelson.

The U.S. public interest research group says it is. It’s one of the toys flagged in their 30th annual “Trouble in Toyland” report.

Massachuesttes lawmaker Tricia Farley-Bouvier says noisy toys are cause for concern.

“They exceed the standard of sound that is safe for children’s hearing, and now it’s kind of a common toy for babies are toy cell phones,” said the Mass. State Representative.

Also marked as dangerous, a slinky that may contain unsafe levels of chromium – which could cause cancer and a Dora the Explorer doll with small parts kids could choke on.

“That would be more concerning to me, especially with the little one, she puts everything in her mouth,” said another mom.

Another focus of this year’s report is toys that contain magnets.

“Kids swallowing magnets, especially if there’s more than that gets swallowed, is extremely dangerous.

However, there is good news. The report shows not as many toxic toys were found this year and none with dangerous levels of lead.

The report’s main take-away is simple: Be vigilant about the toys you put into your children’s hands.

Here’s a tip for parents of kids under the age of three: If the toy can fit through a toilet paper role, it can pose as a choking hazard.

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