Trouble in Toyland: what to look out for when shopping

- The countdown is on to one of the busiest shopping days of the year, Black Friday. But before you buy toys, there are some things you need to know to make sure they're safe.

It's the season of giving, but before you buy toys do your homework. That's the message from the Arizona Public Interest Research Group.

"We highlighted four potential hazards that parents and other consumers should look out for when shopping this holiday season," said Jennifer Wong.

Those potential hazards: toxic substances, choking hazards, magnetic toys, and excessively noisy toys.

The organization has done testing and came up with a list of toys that shouldn't end up under your tree this year.

The first: the minions pencil box. The lock contains high levels of chromium which can cause severe allergic reactions in kids.

Another are toys that can be choking hazards. Balloons are one of the most dangerous for young kids, according to the organizations but so are unsuspecting toys like this Nickelodeon Mermaid Dora.

"The small arms can break off and become a choking hazard," said Wong.

Magnets can also cause some major bodily harm if swallowed.

Last, but not least are the toys that make noise that can damage little ears.

"Children have a tendency to put toys that make noise up to their ear," said Wong.

One toy tested measured 80 decibels when put up to the ear.

"We just really want parents to lookout for common hazards in toys that you can find really anywhere," said Wong.

Online: ToySafetyTips.org

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