Lead? Phthalates? Choking hazards? The 26th annual report on toy hazards
will guide you to make smart choices when shopping for small children
this holiday season. Trouble in Toyland
is published every year by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group
, raising awareness of physical and chemical threats caused by toys. The number one cause of toy-related deaths is still choking--so be sure to consult the report for an explanation of why a toy set perfect for a 9-year-old could be too risky to leave unattended around her 3-year-old sister. The report's surprise warning? It turns out those noisy toys parents hate could truly be too loud for safe use! Now you have a perfect excuse to say "No" to Elmo's Talking Cell Phone.
For on-the-go advice, stop by their Toy Safety mobile site
, which has handy info on recalled toys and common hazards.
Want to search for a specific toy's hazards or report a toy you suspect could cause trouble? Visit the database of the Consumer Product Safety Commission