A new Web site can help holiday shoppers avoid potentially dangerous toys this year as well as report the availability of harmful products.
The U.S. Public Interest Research Group has launched http://toysafety.mobi, which can be accessed via computers or Web-enabled cell phones.
The site includes tips for avoiding toys that might present choking hazards for children under 3 years old or products that are dangerous because they are too loud or are made with toxic chemicals such as lead.
Consumers can also use the site to report harmful products to U.S. PIRG.
On Tuesday, U.S. PIRG also released its annual Trouble in Toyland report, testing toys purchased at stores for hazards and analyzing products recalled in 2009 by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Shoppers found toys intended for small children that violated choking standards as well as toys that did not meet acoustic and chemical standards established through the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.
- Liz F. Kay