Toy Safety

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Both the government and a consumer group are out with their annual reports on toy safety.

The government warns that people who got an early start on buying toys may have items that have since been recalled because of potential dangers.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission also said shoppers should look for toys that are built well and have parts that don't come loose. They should also read warning labels and throw away plastic wrappings that could suffocate children.

The government's list of children's products recalled this year includes toy sponges, pool animals, air-powered rockets and cotton candy machines.

Meantime, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group is out with a familiar warning. It said the greatest toy dangers still come from small balls, balloons and toys with small parts that kids can choke on.

The consumer group said such toys are still widely available -- and often don't have warning labels.

For a full list of recalled children's products, consumers can call the safety commission at 1-800-638-2772.