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Study Finds Dangerous Toys Can Still Be Found On Store Shelves

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WMDT 47 News - Before you go shopping for those Christmas presents, you may want to pay attention to the findings of this study.

Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on store shelves, according to a Maryland Research group. The report found that toys with magnets such as buckyball magnets, small cars that include small parts, toy foods and certain toys that produce noise can all put your child at risk.

The study found ellipsoid toy magnets are classified as a novelty "finger-fidget" toy. These magnets are smooth and shiny and sold in pairs; striking them together causes them to vibrate and produce a singing sound, making them appealing to children. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has reported gastroenterological injuries associated with these magnets.

Small cars that included small parts (rubber traction bands on wheels) were also found to be a hazard . Although the toy includes a statutory choke hazard warning and is labeled 4+, the tiny label may violate CPSC hazard warning rules.

Several dollar store toys, such as a small bowling ball and pin toy set were found with missing, obscured or tiny choke hazard warning labels. Some toy foods were found to pose a special hazard, because they look to small children like something that should be eaten.

Some noisy toys including a car driving wheel on a console and toy guitar were found to be a hazard because they exceeded the recommended limit for continuous exposure of 85 decibels.

For more information, go to http://marylandpirgfoundation.org.

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