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Toy recalls down, but hazards remain

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.

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group analyzed 50 toys for its annual safety report and found lead, loudness and other violations in just under a dozen toys.

The consumer advocate group said that a Captain America Soft Shield purchased at Toys R Us had 29 times the legal limit of lead. The report said a package of toy jewelry rings from Dollar General tested positive for lead at twice the legal limit. Other concerns in the report included small parts that could cause a child to choke and some toddler toys that were too loud and exceeded federal safety limits.

You can find the full report on potentially hazardous toys at http://www.uspirgedfund.org/sites/pirg/files/reports/Trouble in Toyland 2013_1.pdf.