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Consumer Group Releases List of Toxic Toys


The annual report from the California Public Interest Research Group or CALPIRG, found toys on shelves that contain lead, chromium and phthalates above the legal limits.

It also found toys that pose a choking hazard and or are too loud. Phthalates, a plastic softener, can harm reproductive systems.

The report found Pthalates in rubber ducks and Dora the Explorer Backpacks.

Lab tests found a tambourine marketed for children as young as two to have 10 times the legal limit of chromium. Unsafe levels of lead were found in a set of play sheriff and police badges.

The 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act tightened lead limits and phased out dangerous phthalates. But CALPIRG says parents should be aware that not all toys comply with the law. 

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Amy Quinton

Former Environment Reporter

Amy came to Sacramento from New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) where she was Environment Reporter. Amy has also reported for NPR member stations WFAE in Charlotte, WAMU in Washington D.C. and American Public Media's "Marketplace."  Read Full Bio 

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