A toy cellphone is at the top of the list of dangerous toys compiled by a state advocacy group.The “Hello Kitty” play cellphone on the Iowa Public Interest Research Group’s dangerous toy list because they says the cute phrases it plays are too loud. PIRG spokesman Emmet O’Hanlon says the kitty phone and other loud toys over time can seriously injure you child’s hearing. Other toys on the list are the rubber yo-yo water balls– which can wrap around a child’s neck or hit them in the eye. He says the group is trying to warn adults to be careful when purchasing toys for kids. He says the Consumer Product Safety Commission says more than 212-thousand people sought emergency treatment for toy related injuries in the past year. He says over one third of the cases were children under the age of five. Tom McAuliff is a pediatric emergency room doctor in Des Moines. He says they see a lot of “ingested small things.” McAuliff says balloons are often the culprit when it comes to kids choking on toys. He says children bite them and when the balloon pops, it explodes and pushes a piece of the balloon into the child’s lung, and that can shut off their airflow to the lung. He says it’s often not the toy, but the accessories that come with it that can cause a problem. He says look at what’s with the toy. He says the Barbie doll is an example, as he says the doll may be okay, but he says the small things that come with it are dangerous. O’Hanlon says toy manufacturers have made progress in pulling dangerous toys, but he says there’s still work to be done. He says the Consumer Product Safety Commission should continue its tough advocacy and recalls. He says the C-S-P-C has a new website with recalled toys at www.recalls.gov. O’Hanlon says adults have a responsibility to watch out for kids.He encourages you to check any toy you buy this year to be sure it is age appropriate for you child, and follow any warnings on the label. For more information surf to: toysafety.net.
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