Advocates warn Bronx parents to check their toy lists twice

The holiday season means a sleigh full of toys, but officials warn parents it can also mean a slew of dangers.

The New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) says parents should be cautious over what toys they allow their children to play with. The group released a report listing an estimated 40 toys that are harmful due to various reasons ranging from small parts to hazardous chemicals such as phthalates. Phthalates is a chemical often used to soften plastics and has been linked to kidney damage, liver damage and cancer. The group says this chemical is contained in certain dolls? faces and is used in nail polishes marketed to young girls. NYPIRG advises parents to check labels to see what parts and chemicals toys contain.

Several toy companies refute the list, saying it needlessly alarms parents and most toys have already been approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Related Links: Toy Safety New York Public Interest Research Group

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