CalPirg Warns Consumers About Dangerous Holiday Toys

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
A California public advocacy group is urging parents to make sure the toys on their holiday shopping list are safe for kids. 
Capital Public Radio's Steve Shadley reports...
The California Public Interest Research Group or “CalPirg” is releasing its 24th annual report on toy safety.

It identifies toys that a child can choke-on, are too loud...or contain dangerous chemicals such as lead-based paint. 

State Assemblymember Fiona Ma has written bills on toy safety and she’s urging parents to research toys before buying them for holiday gifts. 

She says federal laws on toy safety have gotten tougher in recent years and they’re making a difference... 
Ma:   “We learned that there was only one toy tester at the U-S Product Safety Commission that was in charge of making sure that all the toys on the market were safe. I mean clearly not one person can do that...”
Ma says now there are more federal toy inspectors. 

Some products making the dangerous toy list include the “Silly Fish Squirter” and the “Ponyland Scented Pony Pet.”