‘Trouble in Toyland’ report finds dangerous wares still lurking online

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Dr. Walter Tsu of Physicians for Social Responsibility and Michael Roles of Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group  display a beanbag deemed dangerous because it can easily rip open. It is one item mentioned in the annual 'Trouble in Toyland' report. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Dr. Walter Tsu of Physicians for Social Responsibility and Michael Roles of Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group display a beanbag deemed dangerous because it can easily rip open. It is one item mentioned in the annual 'Trouble in Toyland' report. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

The annual “Trouble In Toyland” report is out, again urging buyers to beware when it comes to holiday purchases.

Dangerous toys are still available for purchase online, said Michael Roles of the Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group.”The toys we were found were recalled for a wide variety of reasons, such as choking hazards or high levels of lead or overheating of batteries for their chargers,” he said.Dr. Walter Tsu of Physicians for Social Responsibility said parents must be vigilant to make sure toys pose no danger of choking or suffocation.”Parents have to be very conscious during this holiday season to make sure the toys they purchase are safe for their kids,” he said.Federal guidelines keep most dangerous toys off store shelves, but websites are still offering items deemed risky— including a beanbag that can be easily opened and a small helicopter with a charging system that can overheat.

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