When I was a child growing up I asked Santa Claus many times over for a BB gun for Christmas. I’ll never forget my parents’ explanation for why good old Santa never brought one for me. The standard reason all parents gave back then was what I heard every year. “They are dangerous and you could shoot your eye out!” Sorry, but none of us kids thought that was a good reason for not getting a BB gun for Christmas.
There is a true story that my father always related to me that really did happen to him when he was a kid. A friend of his got that much-wished-for rifle for Christmas and came running up to my father to show him that new toy when it suddenly fired. A BB struck my father in the corner of his eye. He was very lucky that it didn’t seriously damage his eye at the time. Years later, probably about 40 or so, my father was having his eyes checked when the eye doctor asked if something had ever happened to his left eye, possibly years ago. My father explained what happened and the doctor said that the eye was damaged back then and now needed a prescription change to correct the problem. So that is at least one story to back up the standard Mom’s line that “you’ll poke your eye out!”
The group World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (“W.A.T.C.H”) has released their annual 10 Most Dangerous Toys List and that is what I want to share with you.
There is still plenty of time for us to get our Christmas shopping done, but many people put it off until the very last minute possible. In this case not yet having purchased toys for your children or grandchildren could be a very good thing.There are a lot of toys out there both in brick-and-mortar stores and online, but do you know which ones could be hazardous to the health of your little loved ones?
The group World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc.(“W.A.T.C.H”) has released their annual 10 Most Dangerous Toys List and that is what I want to share with you. Let’s start at the beginning of their 10 Dangerous Toys List:
“Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddles Family”– By Jazwares, LLC, at Target and Amazon.com, Age Recommendation: “2+ or 3+ (depending on packaging), Warnings: “WARNING! Choking Hazard-small parts. Not for children under 3 years.” On some packages on sale, but not all. HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR CHOKING INJURIES.
“Kids Time Baby Children’s Elephant Pillow”– By Kids Time, US; Appease Toys, at Amazon.com, Age Recommendation “Age Range: >3 years old, Grown Ups” (Retailer website only), Warnings: None. Product description on retailer website states in part: When this elephant pillow [is] for use with infant, it should be under adult supervision” HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR SUFFOCATION! (Elephant is pictured next to a sleeping infant and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has warned that a pillow can block a baby’s mouth and can cause a baby to suffocate. The Federal Hazardous Materials Act banned infant pillows and any other similar articles which are intended or promoted for use by children under one year of age.
“Slimeball Slinger”– By Diggin Active, Inc., at Toys R Us and Amazon.com, Age Recommendation: “6+”, Warning: “WARNING! Never shoot at any person or animal …” and other warnings, cautions and instructions on package. HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR EYE INJURIES! The launcher is similar to a slingshot and is sold with bright green “slimeballs” as ammunition, which can be fired “over 30 feet!” W.A.T.C.H. says projectiles launched with such force have the potential to cause serious injuries.
“Banzai Bump N’ Bounce Body Bumpers”– By ToyQuest, at Walmart, Amazon.com, Ebay.com, & Sears.com, Age Recommendation “4-12”, Warning: “Warning! To avoid risk of serious injury or death: …This product does not provide protection. Impact hazard may be present; (protective equipment (for head, elbows, knees, hands, etc) should be worn (not included),” and other warnings/cautions on package insert, packaging and product. HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR IMPACT INJURIES! Children as young as 4-years-old are encouraged to “slip into your bumper suit for a “bumpin’ bump “em” fun time!” Children on the packaging are shown running into each other without any “protection” (not included), as recommended by the manufacturer.
“Nerf Rival Apollo XV-700 Blaster” – By Hasbro, at Walmart.com, Target.com, Amazon.com and Kmart.com, Age Recommendation “Ages 14+”, Warning: None, HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR EYE INJURIES! The manufacturer of this “blaster” with an “easy-load magazine” encourages “precision battling” during “intense head-to-head competition.” The ammunition provided can shoot with enough force to potentially cause eye injuries. Images on the box depict children wearing masks covering their faces and eyes, however the face mask is “not included” and must be purchased separately.
“The Good Dinosaur Galloping Butch” – By Tomy, at Amazon.com, Walmart.com, and Toys Are Us.com, Age recommendation: “3+”, Warning: “WARNING! CHOKING HAZARD- Small parts …Not for children under 3 years” on packaging, HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR PUNCTURE WOUND INJURIES! Operation of the dinosaur by children as young as three-years-old in order to evoke “galloping action and sounds” requires the push of a button on the toy’s rigid, pointed tail, which may be held close to a child’s torso or face. There exists a potential for significant puncture wound injuries during encouraged playtime activity.
“Peppy Pups” – By TFT Toys, Ltd., at Toys R Us, Age recommendation: “2+”,Warning: NONE, (instructions on packaging “Adult supervision required”), HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR STRANGULATION INJURIES! Despite the industry’s standard requiring strings on playpen and crib toys to be less than 12 inches in length, manufacturers are permitted to market pull toys like the “Peppy Pup,” with a cord measuring approximately 31 inches.
“Flying Heroes Superman Launcher” – By I-Star Entertainment,Llc, The Bridge Direct, Inc., at Toys R Us, Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Sears.com, Ebay.com, and BigW.com, Age recommendation: “4+”, Warning: “Warning! Never aim at eyes or face” (packaging), and other “safety instructions” and warnings on package insert. HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR EYE AND FACIAL INJURIES! This flying, winged super hero figurine is sold with a launcher for children as young as 4 years old, who are encouraged to “[g]rip it!” and “[“r]ip it! The instructions caution that the Superman character should only be launched “at arms length and pointing up and away from your face….”
“Baby Magic Feed and Play Baby” – By New Adventures LLC LTD, at Toys R Us, Amazon.com, and Sears.com, Age recommendation: “2+”, Warning: NONE, HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR INGESTION INJURIES! The “Baby Magic” doll, which plays peek-a-boo, comes with a baby bottle, high chair, blanket, food dish, and interactive spoon.” The slender, rigid plastic spoon is approximately 2 3/4 inches long with the potential to be mouthed and occlude a child’s airway.
And the last of the top ten is “Warcraft Doomhammer” – By Jakks Pacific, Inc., at Toys R Us and Amazon.com, Age recommendation: “6+” , Warning: Warning. Not suitable for children under 36 months. Small parts. Choking hazard. (packaging), HAZARD: POTENTIAL BLUNT IMPACT INJURIES! Six year old children are encouraged to “[f]eel the power of the hoard!” with the legendary “Doomhammer,”based on weaponry in the “Warcraft” movie. The manufacturer offers no warnings regarding potential impact injuries associated with foreseeable use of the heavy, rigid plastic battle hammer.
There you have the W.A.T.C.H. list top 10 most dangerous toys that are on their list. No matter the age of the child or the type of toy care should be taken when purchasing children’s toys. It takes a little work to do the research, but in the end the safety of the child should be paramount. If you would like to know more about W.A.T.C.H you can follow this link to their webpage at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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