NBC News - As consumers shop for toys for the little ones this holiday season, consumer advocates are warning parents, caregivers and family members to be mindful of toys that could pose hazards to small children.
In its 29th annual "Trouble in Toyland" report, the U.S. public interest research group reveals toys with high levels of toxic substances, including lead and chromium, are still on store shelves.
It also reveals, despite a ban on small parts in toys for children under the age of three, toys for that age group are still available in stores and online that contain parts that are too small and pose choking hazards.
Also still on the shelves, the group found two brands of small magnet sets that have been recalled.That pose dangers to children if swallowed.
"The message today is that we need to protect our youngest consumers from dangerous toys. And parents and guardians should watch for the most common hazards when shopping for toys on shelves," said Sujatha Jahagirdar, U.S. Pirg, Public Health Campaign Director.
"Manufacturers must comply with the rules. There are rules that have been in place as a result of a law passed in 2008, that was a huge effort by many consumer organizations and others to protect children. Manufacturers have to comply with the law in order to protect children," said Rachel Weintraub, Consumer Federation of America, Legislative Dir. and Senior Counsel
The group also found toys that are potentially harmful for children's ears and hearing, but none that violated current federal noise limits. Parents can find the group's list of unsafe toys, as well as tips for safe toy shopping this holiday season, click here.