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Max Pringle

The report says small kids are still at risk from toys containing lead, phthalates (thal-ates) and other chemicals. Researchers also found toys for toddlers with parts small enough to cause choking.

Calpirg’s Garo Manjikian says parents can’t assume a toy is safe because it’s on a store shelf.

“It doesn’t matter whether it’s manufactured abroad or here, we think the standards could be a lot higher and additionally some of the toys are slipping through the cracks as well.”

The report covers loud toys that could damage hearing and magnets that could damage a child’s insides if swallowed.

The Toy Industry Association says it constantly communicates with manufacturers and retailers to insure they follow U.S. toy safety laws. The group says federal regulators count toys among the safest consumer products.

Calpirg recommends consumers check toy packaging for age appropriateness and keep small children away from toys meant for older kids.

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