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Watchdog Group Says Many Toys Unsafe

Consumer Group Calls for Ban on Popular Water Yo-Yos

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"Balloons are not toys. They're decorative items. I'm not saying kids don't like balloons, but they're not toys," says Gary S. Klein, a lobbyist for Toy Industry Association, Inc. He said in an interview that retailers rigorously test toys before selling them.

Klein says that retailers strictly test toys for choking hazards and excessive noise before selling them. He points out that 90,000 children are injured by baseballs each year, though banning them would seem ludicrous to most parents.

"It's a question of a parent understanding their child and buying the appropriate toy for the appropriate age child," he says.

The U.S. Public Interest Group "Trouble in Toyland" report is available at www.toysafety.net. It provides examples of toys currently on store shelves that pose potential safety hazards.

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