Consumer Protection

FOX 43: Annual Survey Finds Toxic Toys on Store Shelves

Just days before the official start of the holiday shopping season the Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group released its 26th annual report on this year’s most dangerous toys.

PA Matters: Despite Improvements, still “Trouble in Toyland”

The annual “Trouble in Toyland” report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group shows there are still toxic toys on the shelves, despite improvements.  

Inquirer Consumer Blog: Pointlessly dangerous toys, 2011 edition

Toys made with lead and phthalates continue to pose needless risks to U.S. children, according to the annual "Trouble in Toyland" report from U.S. PIRG.  Its findings are worth keeping in mind this holiday season as you shop or unwrap gifts for your kids  - especially for the babies and toddlers most as risk.

CBS 21: Which toys to buy for Christmas that are safe for kids?

For the 26th year, a research group has released their toy safety guide just in time for your holiday shopping.

Patriot-News: Report targets unsafe toys in time for holidays

Consumer watchdog the Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group announced this morning it’s better if some toys are never purchased for under the Christmas tree.

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Trouble in Toyland

The 2011 Trouble in Toyland report is our 26th annual survey of toy safety. In this report, we provide safety guidelines for consumers when purchasing toys for young children and provide examples of toys currently on store shelves that may pose potential safety hazards.

Despite toy safety progress, parents need to be aware

By | Alana Miller
Program Associate

We don't always know if the gifts will be a hit but the one thing we count on is that the toys we purchase are safe.  Thanks to the hard work of agencies like the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and consumer advocates like U.S. PIRG that's largely true.  But as our toy shopping researchers have found, that's not always the case.

Inquirer: Bank elsewhere to avoid fees

With its latest fee, Bank of America has made the decision to balance its books on the backs of its customers, instead of changing its business model to be more consumer-friendly. ("Bank of America to charge $5 debit card fee," Friday). Chase and Wells Fargo are also testing a $3 debit card fee in certain markets.

A fee too far

By | Alana Miller
Program Associate

We've posted about avoiding bank fees before, but the latest Bank of America shenanigan deserves another word of caution.

Avoid bank fees

By | Alana Miller
Program Associate

PennPIRG’s advice to consumers remains simple: shop around (see our banking guide). Big banks can charge increasingly bigger fees and make it harder for customers to avoid them because they know consumers don’t shop around.

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