WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Nov. 26 about toy safety, The Associated Press, relying on information from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, reported erroneously that toy jewelry rings that tested positive for excessive lead were purchased at Dollar General. U.S. PIRG now says the toy rings were purchased at Dollar Tree, not Dollar General.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Toy recalls down, but hazards remain
Brighter picture on toy safety as recalls drop, but consumer group says hazards remain
By JENNIFER C. KERR
WASHINGTON (AP) — Toy recalls for excessive lead and other hazards are down this year, but consumer advocates warn that potential dangers to children remain on store shelves.
Several toys with high lead levels or toys that could cause young children to choke were found at major retailers and discount stores in the last few months, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group said Tuesday. The consumer safety group analyzed 50 toys for its annual report. Violations were found in fewer than a dozen, including a Captain America toy shield and play jewelry.
PIRG said the Captain America Soft Shield purchased at Toys R Us had 29 times the legal limit of lead. A package of toy jewelry rings from Dollar Tree tested positive for lead twice the legal limit, said the report.
Small parts that could pose a choking risk were found in six toys that the group said did not carry the necessary warning labels for children. PIRG said three toys were too loud and exceeded federal limits on decibels: two Leap Frog phones for toddlers — the Chat & Count phone and the Lil' Phone Pal — and the Fisher Price Laugh & Learn remote.
The toy industry disagreed with the report's findings, saying that toys are actually safer than ever before and questioning the testing methods used by PIRG.