Group Warning Parents About Dangerous Toys

CLEVELAND - The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the biggest shopping days of the year, but before you head to the mall on Friday to start picking out gifts for the kids, there is some information you need to hear, 19/43 News' Cynthia Tinsley reported.

They might look harmless on store shelves, but some products could become killer toys in the hands of your child.

The Ohio Public Interest Research Group on Tuesday warned parents that there are certain toys to avoid this holiday season. They also issued a list of tips, including:

  • Be vigilant shoppers. Shoppers should examine toys carefully for hidden dangers before they make a purchase.
  • If a toy looks unsafe, don't buy it. If you see small parts or a small ball or a balloon and don't see a tough choke hazard warning, call the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission at (800) 638-2772 or (800) 638-8270.
  • Be wary in all stores. While the majority of hazards are found in party stores and dollar stores, we find hazardous toys in large national toy stores as well.
  • Be cautious of toys with small parts when making a purchase.

PIRG said that parents need to know that just because a toy is on the shelf doesn't mean it's safe or adequately labeled. In addition, they're advising parents to buy toys in person rather than online because parents can't see child safety choke hazard labels or other warnings over the Web.

To see more safety tips or to find out about specific toys deemed dangerous that might be on store shelves, visit PIRG's Toy Safety Web site.