Parents have a new resource this morning to find out whether the toys their children have are safe. This could be a major help to parents in the wake of the millions of toys being recalled because of unsafe levels of lead.
The Michigan-based Ecology Center launched the website Wednesday, HealthyToys.org.
The same group also released Wednesday the results of a massive toy test. Tests on more than 1,200 children's products find that 35 percent contain lead -- many with levels far above the federal recall standard used for lead paint.
The report says most of the contaminated toys remain on the market.
Among the items found to have excessive lead levels: a Hannah
Montana card game case, a Go Diego Go! backpack and Circo brand
Only 20 percent of the toys and other products had no trace of lead or harmful chemicals. Of the 1,268 items, 23 were among millions of toys recalled this year.
To read the Consumer Action Guide to Toxic Chemicals in Toys, click here
To visit the Toy Industry Association, click here
There is a list of recalled toys available at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
People interested in donating to Christmas Cheer in Onslow County can call (910) 347-4646.