November 23rd, 2010 5:33 pm | by JESSICA LUTJEMEYER News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

Before You Go Holiday Shopping, Read This Report About Toy Safety


Oregon's chapter of the non-profit Public Interest Research Group released its 25th annual Trouble in Toyland report Tuesday, Nov. 23.

Unveiled at a news conference this morning with Oregon Attorney General John Kroger in attendance, the report OSPIRG released included nine toys that it deemed potentially harmful to children. The various toys pose threats like choking hazards and exposure to lead or other dangerous chemicals like phthalates and antimony.

The report states OSPIRG's work has helped to recall at least 150 toys. But OSPIRG policy advocate Jon Bartholomew says there's still more work to be done.

"We've made a lot of progress, but there's still trouble in the toybox," he says.

Awareness of unsafe toys is particularly important as the holidays approach and families shop for gifts. Kroger urged families to be smart consumers and be wary of cheaper toys because lower manufacturing costs.

"People are going to be looking for bargains, and the cheapest toys are generally the most harmful," he says.

View the PDF version of the entire report here.
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