Public interest group warns parents of toy hazards ahead of holiday shopping

Toys that are too small and too loud are dangerous for children.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group explained the dangers of popular toys Tuesday at the city’s YMCA.

When we think about unsafe toys for kids we may think of choking hazards, but as the research group discovered, there are other dangers.

Hilary Weber of the MASSPIRG said some toys have been found to be too loud for children.

“New research is coming out showing one in seven children between 6 – 17 years old has signs of hearing loss,” Weber explained.”We’re finding things that are for children six-months-old and read at 80 decibels when held close to the ear.”

Other hazards include toys made with certain paints or dyes that can be harmful if a child puts them in his or her mouth. For more toy safety tips from the MASSPIRG’s findings, read here.

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