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 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Jim Conran, director of the California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), today urged Californians to be extremely cautious when buying small toys, citing numerous hazards found during a toy safety t?udy recently conducted by the department.
 "Our study found numerous toys in violation of federal law because they had tiny parts that could cause choking or be aspirated into the lungs of a small child," Conran said. "We want to remind parents and others to be extra safety conscious when purchasing toys for young children, particularly toys imported from other countries."
 Under contract with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), DCA's Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation inspected 162 toys for aspiration and choking hazards. The testing laboratory concentrated on aspiration and choking hazards because those present the highest risk of injury to children, particularly those under three years of age.
 Of the 162 toys examined, 60 were found to have tiny components or pieces that could be easily broken off, in violation of federal law. Small toy parts pose a hazard to young children when aspirated or swallowed. Most of the toys found in violation had been imported from China, Taiwan and other countries and cost under $5. DCA has notified retailers of the violations and requested them to pull the products off their shelves and to inform manufacturers of their actions. The CPSC has also begun contacting manufacturers.
 "Our inspectors have done an outstanding job on this study," Conran added, "but there is no way we can hit every store in the state -- there are bound to be dangerous toys we haven't found yet. That's why we need all Californians to work with us in this fight against unsafe toys.
 "In addition, it is critical that parents choose toys wisely and monitor their use, particularly those with several children in the home," Conran added, "so that toys appropriate for an older child don't end up in the hands (or mouth) of a toddler."
 Aspirated toy parts can lodge in lung tissues, causing chronic respiratory disorders or lung collapse. These objects usually elude detection by X-ray and can be removed only surgically. When swallowed, slightly larger objects can lodge in a child's throat, cutting off the air supply, resulting in death or brain damage.
 For a copy of the Consumer Product Safety Commission's free toy safety brochure, "For Kids' Sake," call the CPSC Hotline, 800-638-2772.
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 /CONTACT: Louis Bonsignore of the California Department of Consumer Affairs, 916-322-2463/

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