POSTED: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 4:28pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 5:08pm
The U.S. Public Interest Research Group is warning parents to use caution when shopping for their children this holiday season.
The group warns of toys that can pose choking or toxic hazards as well as hearing loss. The consumer watch dog group outlined choking and toxic hazards in their annual "Trouble in Toyland" report.
Experts demonstrated hazards in some toys you may not think would be unsafe. One book for infants contained more than seven times the amount of lead allowed in children's products. Other hidden hazards included loud toys that can affect a child's hearing.
In 2008 the government toughened its testing policies on toys when it comes to toxic metals and plastics, especially those made overseas and it also stepped up enforcing the standards. Consumers also now have more resources to research toys before they buy.
They include an interactive website and application that can be downloaded onto a phone or computer.