Some manufacturers overlook safety hazards in the design and construction of children’s toys. World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (WATCH), a toy advocacy safety group, says the market contains an array of dangerous play items, and they urge parents to be extra careful when shopping for them online.
Per the WATCH website, here’s the mission of this safety crusade: “Although parents have a right to expect that toys they give to their children are safe, unsafe toys remain an ongoing problem. One child is treated in a U.S. emergency room every three minutes for a toy-related injury. From 1990 to 2011, there was a 40% increase in toy-related injuries. Consumers can help children enjoy a safer holiday season knowing what traps to avoid when selecting toys. W.A.T.C.H.’s “10 Worst Toys” list, a hands-on tool for consumers, raises awareness of the different types of potential hazards to avoid while toy shopping.”
Here is WATCH’s list of the ten most unsafe toys of 2015.
1. Bunnies by the Bay makes “Bud” Skipit’s Wheely Cute Pull Along, which sells for $29.99. The toy has the potential to cause choking injuries. 2. GD.Jiefeng Toys makes Foam Dart Gun, which sells for $13.99. It is a realistic toy weapon. 3. Toys R Us, Inc. makes Stats’ 38″ Quick-Folding Trampoline, which sells for $49.99. This jumping equipment could cause head, neck and other injuries. 4. Skyrocket Toys makes Poo-Dough, which sells for $4.99. It contains wheat, so it has the potential to produce an allergic reaction. 5. Imperial Toy makes Splat X Smack Shot, which sells for $10. The shooting device has the potential to cause eye injuries. 6. PlaySmart makes Kick Flipper, which sells for $19.99. It could cause head and other bodily injuries. 7. Playmates International Company makes Leonardo’s Electronic Stealth Sword, which sells for $24.99. The toy weapon has the potential to cause blunt force injuries. 8. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. makes Kid Connection Doctor Play Set, which sells for $4.97. It has the potential to produce ingestion and choking injuries. 9. Early Learning Centre makes Pull Along Zebra, which sells for $20.99. The toy has the potential to result in entanglement and strangulation injuries. 10. Hasbro makes Jurassic World Velociraptor Claws, which sells for $19.99. It has the potential to cause eye and facial injuries.
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