Potentially dangerous toys may still be on store shelves while you’re out shopping for the holidays. The Illinois Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Wednesday released its annual report on toys that could pose a safety hazard to children, but haven’t been recalled. The group found toys with lead paint, high levels of toxic chemicals, and those that contain small parts that kids may choke on if swallowed.
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Choking hazards is one of the most common problems in toys, and Illinois PIRG advocate Dev Gowda says parents can use a simple test to determine whether a toy may be trouble for a toddler. “It’s something everyone has at your house: a toilet paper roll,” Gowda said. “If a toy fits in this toilet paper roll, it’s not suitable for children under 3 years old.” Gowda says parents have become more aware of certain dangers with toys, but new hazards keep popping up, such as tiny magnetic toys.