Make a list, and check it twice, for potential toy hazards

 Gayle Schwartzberg with NJPIRG and Ron Regan with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs talk about toy safety hazards at a news conference at the Justice Juniors Child Care Center in Trenton. (Phil Gregory/WHYY)

Gayle Schwartzberg with NJPIRG and Ron Regan with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs talk about toy safety hazards at a news conference at the Justice Juniors Child Care Center in Trenton. (Phil Gregory/WHYY)

Consumer groups are urging shoppers to be aware of potential hazards when purchasing toys for holiday gifts.

Different toys appear on the lists of risks each year, but products with small parts that could cause choking and toys that contain toxic chemicals are perennial dangers.

The noise level of toys can also be trouble, said Gayle Schwartzberg with the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group.

“A lot of toys are designed to be held as fake cellphones for small children,” she said. “The standards for how loud the toys can be are often measured at farther than a child’s arm length, but the children are holding the toys to their ears, and it’s causing damage to their hearing.”

Recalled toys can wind up on the shelves in dollar stores, cautioned Ron Regan with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.

A list of recalled toys appears on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

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