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Published December 10, 2013, 10:57 PM

What to avoid when buying toys this holiday season

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Buyers Beware.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Buyers Beware.

Before you finish putting gifts under the tree, you may want to double check that they're safe for your children.

It might surprise you to hear that some toys contain lead and other toxins.

Plus, how to tell if a toy is too loud or its pieces pose a choking hazard.

Until you know the facts, buyers beware of some stores hot deals.

"Cost, if there is a sale."

"That's part of the reason why I'm here today, I saw 50% off the toys at Target today."

A symphony of shoppers we've seen serenading these aisles today, it seems many of them are marching to the beat of a budget, instead of their child's safety.

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group analyzed fifty toys.

Gyda Anderson/Clay County Public Health: "Lead can cause learning disabilities can cause illnesses."

This Captain America Soft Shield - has 29 times the legal limit of lead.

Do you worry about things being too loud?)

"You know what I haven't thought about that"

This is actually one of the toys that is too loud for little kids ears.

All the more startling, it's a well-known brand, Fischer Price.

Anderson: "Some of the sounds are as loud as a lawnmower, 90 decibels up to 120 decibels"

If you're still set on purchasing the toy.

Anderson: "Put a piece of heavy duty duct tape over the speaker, will bring down the noise level."

"It says try me, so I would definitely try it out."

"Know what a choking hazard looks like and what's too small."

Anderson: "This is an item called a choke tube tester"

Anderson: "If it fits down in here, it's too small. It could go right into a child's airwave and into their lung very easily."

Finally, if the holiday hustle and bustle has you tired of looking for that perfect gift...

Anderson: "A wooden puzzle, wooden blocks are an absolutely wonderful toy."

Better yet,

Anderson: "Your child's best toy is their parent."

You can find a list of the years dangerous toys as well as a link to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, on our website at