WASHINGTON (AP) -- They might look like cute additions to the holiday gift list, perhaps as stocking stuffers. But a new report finds that hidden dangers can reside in some less expensive toys, like the Sesame Street Oscar the Grouch doll.
The small furry green Oscar, which goes for about $7, is one of the toys singled out in the annual toy safety report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group.
The consumer advocate's report finds just over a dozen toys on store shelves that violate federal safety standards. Some had unsafe levels of lead or chemicals called phthalates, and others contained small parts that young children could choke on. Besides Oscar, other toys deemed potentially dangerous include a plastic book for babies; a $1 plastic mini-crossbow that fires off little balls and a hand-held "whirly wheel."
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