We should all be careful when buying toys for small children, especially during this time of year. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group is again working hard to protect children. The group examined more than 200 toys on store shelves and found about a dozen that could be dangerous for children. For example, a Dora the Explorer guitar, dragster cars with small wheels and finger-fidget desktop magnets, are among the toys consumer advocates are warning about as the holiday buying season begins.
The Dora guitar was too loud, according to PIRG, and tested slightly above the limit that hearing experts recommend. The dragster car had small traction bands on the wheels that could be a choking hazard. Another big worry for the consumer group this year is small magnet toys. The magnets, such as the ones in the popular Buckyball desktop toys, can cling together if accidentally swallowed, pinch internal tissue and lead to serious injuries.
It’s very important to avoid buying dangerous toys for children. You can get more information about what toys should be avoided by going to the PIRG website, which is www.uspirg.org.
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