toys http://michiganradio.org en Report finds there's still 'Trouble in Toyland' http://michiganradio.org/post/report-finds-theres-still-trouble-toyland <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Safety is gradually improving, but toy-shoppers should still be watchful this holiday season.</span></p><p>That’s the main message from this year’s annual ‘Trouble in Toyland’ toy safety report from the Public Interest Research Group in Michigan (PIRGIM).</p><p>The group says the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, passed in 2008, has improved toy safety.</p><p>But it warns that some toys can and do fall through the regulatory cracks. The group found toys that exceed federal standards for lead, cadmium, phthalates, and other toxins that can impair child development.</p><p>And PIRGIM suggests some of those laws could be tightened up, too.</p><p>Spokesman Eric Mosher points to a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pencil case. It contains much more of the toxic element cadmium—about 600 parts per million--than federal law allows.</p><p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 16:36:34 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 15460 at http://michiganradio.org Report finds there's still 'Trouble in Toyland' Specialty toy store opening in downtown Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/specialty-toy-store-opening-downtown-detroit <p>A new toy store is opening on Woodward Ave. in Detroit next week. It'll be the first toy store in downtown Detroit since the Hudson's department store closed almost 30 years ago.</p><p>Spielhaus Toys will be a pop-up specialty store in <a href="http://dhivedetroit.org/">D:hive's</a> retail space from Oct. 25 to Christmas Eve. D:hive is an organization in downtown Detroit that allows local entrepreneurs to test out their ideas in their retail space for two months.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 17:20:28 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14895 at http://michiganradio.org Specialty toy store opening in downtown Detroit