New Jersey parents warned of hazardous toys before holidays

(11/23/04) TRENTON A report issued by the governments consumer watchdog group urges caution when buying toys for children during the holidays.

Members of the Consumer Product Safety Commission say many potentially hazardous play items do not contain warning labels. Toy guitars, nail polish, water yo-yos and even a deflated balloon can potentially cause injuries to children. According to commission officials, parents must be proactive and research toys before they buy them for their young ones.

Representatives of the federal group say 11 children died from playing with dangerous toys last year. Ten of those deaths were caused by choking.

Related links: Toy Safety Publications National Association of State Public Interest Research Groups

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