The U.S. Public Interest Research Group has launched a new website, http://toysafety.mobi, that can help holiday shoppers identify potentially dangerous toys. On the website are tips for avoiding toys that might be too loud, made with toxic chemicals, or pose a choking hazard for children under 3 years old. The website can be accessed via computers or web-enabled cell phones.
Yesterday, U.S. PIRG released its 24th annual Trouble in Toyland report, which identifies toys that may be dangerous for children and why. According to the group, the Elmo Lunchbox contains phthalates that were approximately 70 times the legal level, and the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Learning Phone makes a 90-decibel noise a centimeter away from the ear, the same as a lawn mower. Director Brian Imus said the majority of toys the group tested were found to be safe.