Trouble in Toyland report warns of hazardous toys

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SARASOTA, Fla.- Christmas is just around the corner, and shoppers on the Suncoast are already checking gifts off the list, but there are now some concerns on what toys are actually safe for children.

Tuesday morning the U.S. Public Interest Research Group released it's 28th annual “Trouble in Toyland” report. The 40-page report details safety guidelines for purchasing toys, the major hazards to look out for, and pictures of potentially dangerous toys still being sold. Every hazard category is addressed in the report including: choking hazards, magnets, noise levels, lead and other toxic chemicals. We found a Leapfrog smart phone toy, at a local Target, that tests above 85 decibels and is highlighted in this year's report. When we told shoppers, they were shocked.

“I would hope that they would at least give a warning of it or take it off their shelves if it's going to be that much of a problem for the babies and little kids,” says Mardi Feist, a Target shopper.

“I would assume that a store would already recall things that were dangerous,” says Sarah Glaubach, a Target shopper.

In 2008, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act became a vital force in making toys safer, but the U.S. Public Interest Research Group still does their research every year by visiting multiple national toy stores, dollar stores, and malls where toys are sold to make the public aware of potential hazardous toys still on shelves.

However, Lynn Archibald has owned Toy Lab, in downtown Sarasota, for fourteen years and she focuses on providing the best quality products.

“We have toy makers who we trust implicitly. We have companies that we have dealt with for years and years,” says Lynn Archibald.

Customer's like Joey and Sal Veni have been shopping at Toy Lab ever since Sal was two years old. They tell me, it's the safety of the toys that have kept them coming for years.

“He was always drawn to the 'Thomas' stuff. We always went for the real 'Thomas' stuff versus the knock-off 'Thomas' stuff, so we felt more secure and that little table back there is what he played on when he was really little, a foot and a half tall,” says Sal Veni.

Toy Lab advises parents and grandparents to look at every package warning label and purchase age appropriate toys for your children this holiday season.

As you begin your Christmas toy shopping, it is important to know what to look out for and how to utilize the helpful resources available to you.