Group holds annual demonstration of dangerous toys

The New Jersey Public Interest Research Group (NJPIRG) released its annual dangerous toys list Tuesday to help parents this holiday season.

After a string of recent toy recalls, many parents are considering product safety when shopping before the holidays. NJPIRG officials say while the recalls have been helpful in weeding out dangerous toys, the biggest problem still lies with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). NJPIRG says the CPSC only tests toys that are already on shelves.

New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone says the CPSC needs more resources to do the job effectively. ?One person tests toys at the commission. That?s it,? Pallone says.

Pallone says federal legislation is in the works to increase the commission?s power to recall toys. He says there is also a push to create independent testing before toys go up for sale.

In the meantime, Pallone, along with NJPIRG officials, says education and research is the best way for parents to ensure a safe holiday for their children.

Related Information: NJ PIRG CPSCClick here to view the full USPIRG "Trouble in Toyland" report

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