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Dina Kupfer

SACRAMENTO, CA - California's consumer watch dog group, California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG), released their 28th annual 'Trouble in Toyland' report Tuesday. The annual survey outlines the hazardous toys found on store shelves.

"You know there are a lot of dangers with toys," father Ashley McGregory said.

"Definitely, it's one of the first things that I think about," father Ronald Paiva said.

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This year's survey revealed the results of lab tests on toys for toxic chemicals. Some items on the list of high toxic items came as a shock to parents, like a Ninja Turtle pencil box, which is being sold at select Toys-R-Us stores.

"It kind of is surprising," McGregory said.

"Yeah, that's shocking to me," echoed Paiva.

Another high toxic toy is the Captain America Soft Shield, which is also sold at select Toys-R-Us stores.

"It's your responsibility as a parent to read the ingredients or where it comes from or whatever," said a mother while shopping for toys.

In addition to toxic toys, small magnets, toy jewelry and fake food items can all pose a choking hazard.

"You never know what might get accidentally swallowed or lodged somewhere," McGregory said.

"Make sure you're buying the right toy for the right age child," Safe Kids Sacramento spokesperson Jennifer Rubin said.

Rubin said to be sure to check the label on the toy for the appropriate age group, and if there are other kids in the house, keep their toys separate.

Lastly, extremely loud toys can damage a child's hearing. Garo Manjikian with CALPRIG said the 'Chat and Count' was found to be louder than noise standards recommended by the National Institute of Deafness.

"So you can imagine for a child who is developing - you don't want to have something this loud where a child can put it next to their ear," Manjikian said.

"You can never be 100 percent safe, but you try to make the best decisions you can and try to make the best decisions possible," McGregory said.

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