The consumer safety group, World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.), released its annual list of the most dangerous toys. It includes 10 toys they deem the worst for children during the holidays, with risks for choking, punctures, eye injuries, and chemical exposure.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) most recent data reported close to 252,000 toy-related injuries in 2017. It also claimed that one child gets treated in a U.S. emergency room for these incidents every three minutes. W.A.T.C.H. is dedicated to preventing these types of injuries and fatalities. The following toys were on their list:
Nerf Ultra One by Hasbro: In addition to the possibility of ingestion and battery-related injuries, this toy has darts that fire up to 120 feet and could cause eye injuries.
Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog by Learning Resources, Inc.: This toy has 12 removable, 3.5-inch-long plastic quills, which can fit into small mouths and could cause choking.
Bunchems! Bunch’n Build by Spin Master LTD: Bunchems! are small balls that stick together to build larger projects. These connective toys can get caught in children’s hair.
Yeti by Douglas Company, Inc.: Yeti is a stuffed animal that is covered with long hair, which is at risk for being pulled off, ingested, or aspirated.
Nickelodeon Frozen Treats Slime by LaRose Industries, LLC, d/b/a Cra-Z-Art: The colored slime resembles frozen treats and has appealing names, such as berry smoothie. However, it is made with harmful chemicals and should not be eaten.
Anstoy Electronic Toy Gun: W.A.T.C.H. states that toy guns should not be marketed due to the resemblance to actual submachine guns. This has led to numerous deaths.
Diecast School Bus by Schylling: This toy has small rubber tires that can be taken off and swallowed.
Pogo Trick Board by Flybar, Inc.: The manufacturer included a warning to wear helmets and protective gear, but just two of the children pictured on the package are wearing helmets, not protective gear. This creates a risk for head and impact injuries.
Power Rangers Electronic Cheetah Claw by Hasbro: The manufacturers warn that this electronic claw should not be used to hit or swing at others, but also encourages them to take on enemies. This creates the potential for facial or eye injuries.
Viga Pull Along Caterpillar by VIGA; Belvedere: This pull toy has a 24-inch pull, which is twice the length of the industry’s standard. Children playing with it could be at risk for entanglement and strangulation.
W.A.T.C.H. and the CPSC keep consumers aware about toy recalls. Recent recalls included a Fisher-Price ride-on Barbie camper and a Disney toy with eyes that might detach. Other toys had choking hazards, as well as risks for lacerations and lead poisoning. It is important to keep in mind that when toys are recalled, they may already be in a child’s home. Once recalled, many are still available for sale online, in smaller stores, or at yard sales.
Philadelphia Products Liability Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Advocate for Toy Safety this Holiday Season
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