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Before shopping for kids, group hopes you view "Trouble in Toyland" report

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Thanksgiving weekend shoppers are already mapping out their strategies -- and one group hopes they'll consider the safety of the toys they buy for their kids. 

Tuesday, the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group Foundation released its 28th annual "Trouble in Toyland" report. 

Group director Bruce Speight says his researchers continue to find toys with unsafe levels of lead and plastic-softening phthalates -- small parts that can fit into a young child's mouth -- and loud toys that can damage a youngster's hearing. 

Speight says the numbers of risky items have dropped since stronger safety rules were adopted in 2008, but they're still out there. 

The Public Interest Research group says toys that can fit through a toilet paper tube are not safe for kids under 3. 

Also, the group says toy cell phones and other objects held to the ears should not exceed 65 decibles.

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