Life Lessons: Trouble in toyland

Posted: 5:00 AM EST Nov 27, 2013

Potentially toxic toys continually creep into the toys your children play with.

The Linkners would never intentionally put their kids in danger.

"[My kids] are my life. They're everything to me," Joanne Linkner says.

So you can imagine how shocked they were to find out some toys in their home may be hazardous.

Even though there are now tighter safety restrictions on toy manufacturers, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) says they're not tight enough.

"Potentially hazardous toys still litter our toy shelves," PIRG member Dalyn Houser explains. "A lot of jewelry, shiny, metallic jewelry usually has lead or cadmium."

Some other toys PIRG-deemed potentially dangerous are dragster cars, play food, Morphobot, snake eggs, Funkeys car keys, and balloons.

Some other holiday gift buying tips: bigger is better for children under three.

Stay away from soft plastic which could contain too much PVC, and check out recall lists on the consumer product and safety commission website.

PIRG releases a Trouble in Toyland report every year in late November.