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New Report Explains Which Toys To Avoid This Holiday Season

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Before you hit the stores for major markdowns and sales on children’s toys, you’ll want to know what items could be dangerous for your child.

Christie Ileto has more on a new report that explains which toys are toxic.

The report shows there are fewer hazardous toys on store shelves this year, but the Maryland Public Interest Research Group says it only takes one to be a danger to your child.

Parents heading to the stores with Christmas wishlists in hand might want to check another list before they buy toys for their child.

“First thing you look for is safety,” said shopper Lawrence Thomas.

That’s at the top of Lawrence Thomas’ list, and the Maryland Public Interest Research Group says it should also be yours.

Tuesday, the nonprofit group released their annual “Trouble in Toyland” list of dangerous toys–some of which are sitting on store shelves right now. The report shows there are fewer hazardous toys in store shelves this year, but the group says it only takes one to be a danger to your child.

“This is a toy that tested positive for phthalates… It’s a little backpack,” said Jenny Levin, Md. PIRG.

Jenny Levin says though the chemical found wasn’t above the federal standard, they’re recommending parents steer clear.

Toxins in toys are less of a concern this year, but noisy trinkets that can cause hearing damage and small toys–like magnets and plastic food–are.

“They may not be labeled for children three and under. They could still have parts that pose a risk to your child,” said Levin.

Parents are also being encouraged to do a home test to make sure their children’s toys are safe–and it starts in your bathroom. Officials say if a toy can pass through an empty toilet paper roll, then your child can choke on it.

“I just don’t buy them. I just don’t buy them at all,” said Thomas.

Parents are heeding the warnings–and even keeping it old school as an extra precaution.

“I just look for the old classics like Clue, Sorry, stuff like that,” said Bernadette Campitelli.

For a complete list of which dangerous toys to avoid, click here.

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