Many harmful toys still on store shelves

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Consumer advocates say it's hard to believe: a toy on the shelf in 2014 with unsafe levels of lead, a powerful neuro toxin that can lower IQ and cause behavioral problems.

The Illinois Public Interest Research Group says they found many potentially dangerous toys in local stores.

Emergency room physicians say parents must be vigilant when it comes to choking hazards, because the threat can already be in your home, in a toy box, shared by siblings of different ages.

"They turn blue, they choke, parents start interventions and they may or may not be successful," said Dr. Elizabeth Powell of Lurie Children's Hospital. "So it's critically important to avoid exposure to small parts."

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, a parent herself, says it's a year-round effort for mothers and fathers. Madigan urges people to protect their kids by visiting the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

"Make sure you have signed up for the Consumer Product Safety Commmission website, so throughout the year you are constantly getting notices about recalls," Madigan said.

Those seeking further information may visit the following links:

Illinois PIRG – “Trouble In Toyland” Report 

Information from the Consumer Products Safety Commission 

The Ill. Attorney General's 2014 Holiday Safe Shopping Guide

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  • Zebra Stripes

    Great story. What’s the name of the toy? What stores are still selling them? Why isn’t anything being done about it?

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