toy safetyJust in time for Black Friday: The 2012 Trouble in Toyland report is here! And believe me, you'll definitely want to check out the U.S. Public Interest Research Group's 27th annual survey of toy safety before you do any holiday shopping, because there are more than a few surprises on the list this year. Of course, some of these are sort of no-brainer dangers, at least for most parents; then again, if the same old problems keep popping up year after year, maybe we're not all as aware as we need to be when it comes to toy safety -- especially the companies MAKING the toys.

Among the U.S. PIRG's "key findings" this season: Lead, phthalate and even noise levels in many toys are still hazardously high; too many toys pose choking hazards, and potentially lethal magnets continue to be used. Yikes! Be sure to view the full report here. But for now, a few possible offenders to watch out for:

Choking Hazard:

Dragster Cars $4.99, zwindups.com

Toxic chemicals (phthalates are developmental hazard):

Dora Backpack available at Target, price N/A

Toxic chemicals (lead):

Morphobot available at Dollar Tree Stores

Noise:

CAT Honk & Rumble Wheel available at Toys-R-Us

Are you worried about anything on your kid's toy wish list being unsafe?

 

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