Toxic and Defective Toys Flood Stores This Holiday Season

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Even as shoppers await Black Friday, the traditional kick-off of the holiday shopping season, consumer advocates at the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) have released a list of more than a dozen toys on store shelves that are basically dangerous and defective products, which violate federal safety standards for lead and other hazardous chemicals. According to an Associated Press news report, the group’s report states that many toys that are being sold this Christmas may also pose serious choking hazards.

The dangerous and defective toys named in this report include a whirly wheel, a plastic book for babies, a wooden blocks set and even a Sesame Street brand Oscar doll. PIRG warns consumers about toys that are too loud and could lead to hearing damage as well as balloons, which cause more choking deaths than any other children’s product. According to the report, about 40 percent of the choking fatalities reported to the government between 1990 and 2010 involved balloons.
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CPSC Recalls Defective Halloween Products

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recalled 44,000 products including Halloween Casper ghost-shaped tea light candle holders and figurines because of fire and lead paint hazards, according to its consumer alerts.

CPSC has received five reports of the tealight holders catching on fire and one report of the holder getting too hot. Two consumers are said to have suffered burns to their hands. Some minor property damage has also been reported.
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