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Michelle Hobar of the Public Interest Research Group demonstrates how parents can use a tube -- she said a toilet paper roll will work -- to check for choking hazards. If it fits in the tube, it is inappropriate for small children. (Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer)
This plastic gun tested positive for antimony, according to the Public Interest Research Group. And while that may not necessarily be a safety issue for handling, the organization fears that small children may end up putting the item in their mouths and getting a dose of the chemical.
Katie Ala, a volunteer with the Public Interest Research Group, suggests that anyone purchasing toys for a household where small children are present take along a toilet paper roll as a test of whether the item could be a choking hazard. She said the fact a toy is meant for an older child will not keep a younger brother or sister from grabbing pieces. (Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer)
Katie Ala, a volunteer with the Public Interest Research Group, displays a child's backpack with decorations she said tested positive for phthalates, a chemical used to soften vinyl which can be toxic if ingested. Ala said small children might chew on toys even if they are not meant for that. (Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer)
The way Arizona PIRG sees it, Dora the Explorer can be hazardous to children.
An advocacy group wants you to hang up on Elmo.
When you’re shopping for toys, experts recommend you remember this: Just because an item isn’t supposed to go into the mouth doesn’t mean it won’t.
Big bikes will take to the streets Saturday to fill the big dreams of ill children this holiday season.
It may be August, but the Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation Sisterhood is already preparing for the holidays.
An activist group and a Valley hospital warned parents Tuesday to be careful what kind of toys they are buying their children for Christmas.
It seems an unlikely pair — the trendy SpongeBob SquarePants teaming up with the aging Etch A Sketch. Ohio Art Co. is banking that replacing Etch A Sketch’s familiar red rectangle case with Nickelodeon’s most popular cartoon characters will make the iconic baby boomer toy more appealing to kids and young mothers.
WASHINGTON - You better watch out: This holiday shopping season could be one of the priciest ever as the most techladen and expensive gifts for kids of all ages, from the $299 animatronic pony Butterscotch to a $300 pinball machine, show up at your neighborhood Wal-Mart or Target.
Christiana Mercer of Arizona Public Interest Research Group tests the safety of a small toy.
The Marine Corps Toys for Tots in Pinal County will be at the Casa Grande and Coolidge Wal-Mart stores today for one last day of collection.
DEMONSTRATION: Alex Nelson of the Arizona Public Interest Research Group shows Tuesday how parents shopping for toys for tots should bring along a toilet paper roll. He said if a toy or even a piece that can come off can fit into the roll, it can fit into a child's mouth and cause choking.
As East Valley residents head to stores to begin shopping for the holidays, safety should be one of their top concerns, a consumer watchdog group said Tuesday.
As East Valley residents head to stores to begin shopping for the holidays, safety should be one of their top concerns, a consumer watchdog group said this week.
He's a Carolina blue color with big floppy rabbit ears, and when the furry creature is happy, those ears go straight up. When he's mad, his green eyes turn a devilish red. Equipped with a movable mouth and paws, he also can express such emotions as sad, confused, surprised and embarrassed.
NEWARK, N.J. - Toys "R" Us, the nation’s second-largest toy seller, is staying in one piece after weighing a breakup.
NEW YORK - Girls like eightyear-old Kelsie Templin are a challenge for the toy industry.
As Scottsdale shoppers were in the midst of gift hunting on Saturday, some took the time to think of others who are less fortunate this holiday season.
A tube from an empty roll of toilet paper could be your best shopping tool if you're looking for toys for tykes. Alex Nelson of the Arizona Public Interest Research Group said Tuesday that just because a toy is offered for sale does not make it safe.
Retired music teacher Gordon Wilson shares his Fountain Hills home with hundreds of scale model trains, which he started collecting in 1943 at age 3.
Parents who don’t take precautions in purchasing presents this year could end up buying the item that kills a child or grandchild, some experts in the field warn.
In Christmas Past, children would find all sorts of simple games under the tree: Tiddlywinks, pickup sticks and board games could amuse young minds for hours.