PORTLAND, Maine — Shoppers should be wary this holiday season of a Dora the Explorer knapsack, a dollar store action figure, and other toys on Maine store shelves that pose a danger to children, according to a national report released Tuesday. For its annual “Trouble in Toyland” report, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group examined more than 200 toys sold at national toy stores, malls and dollar stores this fall and found about a dozen it believed could harm children. They included powerful magnets small enough to be swallowed, a kit of plastic food toys that pose a choking hazard, and a play steering wheel that makes noises too loud for little ears. “We need to protect our littlest consumers from unsafe toys,” said Nicole Karatzas, Maine field associate for U.S. Public Interest Research Group. (read more at Bangor Daily News)
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