ST. PAUL (AP) -- With the shopping season in full swing, the state attorney general's office is reminding parents to follow basic toy-buying safety tips.
Shoppers should read warning labels carefully, buy durable toys that won't break apart and buy toys that are appropriate for a specific child because different children develop at different rates.
Nationwide, 152,600 children were treated in hospital emergency rooms for toy-related injuries in 1999.
Speaking as children played with toys near her feet, Deputy Attorney General Lori Swanson said toys on the whole are safer these days.
But she said some toy makers still are not using warning labels that are required under federal law.
Choking hazards are one of the biggest concerns, Swanson said. Regulators use a narrow tube to determine if a toy is a hazard.
Toys that fit inside the 1.25-inch diameter tube are not considered suitable for children under 3.
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