CNN looked at the 18th annual "Trouble in Toyland" report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, and here are some of the things they came up with-- In 2002, more than 72,000 kids under the age of five needed emergency treatment for toy-related injuries. The worst part is most of the deaths and injuries could have easily been prevented. Here are the top four toy dangers for children.
- Choking on small toy parts, balloons and little balls. The report issued warnings for Dora the Explorer bracelets and the Fisher-Price Loving Family Baby Horse. Basically, if a toy fits inside an empty roll of toilet paper, it's small enough to choke a child.
- Toys with strings can strangle. Beware of Water Blaster Yo-Yos, and Bungee-Roo animals.
- Some toys can be toxic, including Strawberry Shortcake Scented Nail Polish and Claire's Boutique Makeup Kit.
- And the #4 danger overly loud toys can permanently damage hearing. Don't buy kids a Hello Kitty Play Phone or the Learn Through Music system from Fisher-Price. Basically, if it's too loud for you, it's way too loud for a child.