Consumer Advocates Flag This Year's Dangerous Toys
The holiday shopping season is in full swing and just in time, Boston-based World Against Toys Causing Harm or W.A.T.C.H, has released it’s annual list of 10 worst toys of the year and here is a quick list:
- Nerf Ultra One: A blaster that fires projectiles up to 120 feet and has the potential for serious eye injuries.
- Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog: This toy has hard plastics removable quills posing ingestion injuries and choking hazards.
- Bunchems Bunch ‘n Build: This toy also has plastic pieces that could cause choking.
- Yeti: This is a stuffed animal whose long hair could be pulled out and be ingested or cause aspiration.
- Nickelodeon Frozen Treats Slime: These look like ice cream, snow cone or smoothies, but they are not real food and should not be consumed. These substances could cause irritation injuries.
- Anstoy Electric Toy Gun: It’s a realistic-looking weapon that could put kids in dangerous situations.
- Diecast School Bus: The rubber tires on this toy bus are removable and could cause choking.
- Flybar Pogo Trick Board: The bouncing toy’s packaging doesn’t show all kids wearing helmets and none of them are wearing protective gear. This toy poses a danger of head injuries.
- Power Rangers Electronic Cheetah Claw: This toy poses the danger of eye or facial injuries.
- Viga Pull-Along Caterpillar: The 24-inch pull cord could potentially cause strangulation injuries.
Here are a few things to remember when you shop for kids’ toys this holiday season. First, be sure to read the label. Labels typically have important information about how to use the toy and the age groups for which that toy is most suited. Make sure all toys and their parts are larger than your child’s mouth to prevent choking. Avoid toys that shoot objects into the air. Do not buy toys that are loud enough to cause damage to your child’s hearing.
When you buy stuffed toys, make sure that they are well made. The parts should be on tight and seams and edges should be secure. Avoid toys that have small pellets or stuffing that could cause choking or suffocation if swallowed. Plastic toys should always be sturdy. Do not buy toys whose parts can break off easily. Avoid hobby kits and chemistry sets for any child who is under the age of 12. All electric toys should be “UL” approved as well.
Last but not least, check the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) website to see if the toys you plan to buy have been recalled for a safety defect. Do not buy any toy that has been recalled. If your child has been injured by a dangerous or defective toy, please contact an experienced product defect lawyer to explore your legal rights and options.