The group World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (“W.A.T.C.H”) has released their annual 10 Most Dangerous Toys List for 2021 and that is what I want to share with you.

Many people put off their Christmas shopping until the very last minute possible. This year with the results of the pandemic and the supply chain problems warnings have been issued for shoppers to buy their presents sooner rather than later because what they want may not be available. 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?

Let’s start at the beginning of their 10 Dangerous Toys List:

Squeakee Minis Poppy The Bunny | Photo by ToyWiz.com

“”Squeakee Minis Poppy The Bunny”– PRICE $9.82 – By Moose Toys, LLC, at Walmart, Amazon.com, Target.com, ThePaper Store.com, Age Recommendation: “5+”, Warnings: “WARNING! This product contains a button or Coin Cell battery, A swallowed… battery can cause internal chemical burns in as little as two hours and lead to death…. “, and other small parts and sound volume warnings.

HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR BATTERY INGESTION INJURIES!

W.A.T.C.H. OUT! The “Squeakee Mini Bunny” is designed to mimic a balloon-animal, both in sounds and appearance. 5-year old children are invited to “blow” on the toy’s hole for an inflate and “pop” sound, and it will also “chat back” in a “helium voice.” A compartment in the rear contains three button cell batteries, which are known to potentially cause severe injuries and death when ingested, due to internal chemical burns.

Radio Flyer Spin ‘N Saucer | Photo by Radio Flyer.com

“Radio Flyer Spin ‘N Saucer”– PRICE $21.99 – By Radio Flyer, Inc., at HomeGoods, Walmart.com, Radioflyer.com, Amazon.com, Ralph’s.com, Age Recommendation “1 1/2 – YEARS,” Warnings: WARNING! Never use near motor vehicles, streets, roadways, alleys, swimming pool areas, hills, steps, sloped driveways, inclines and public highways.” (and other warnings.)

HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR impact injuries!

W.A.T.C.H. OUT! The seat of this low-profile, circular saucer with “EZ-GLIDEWHEELS” is approximately 5 inches high. Children as young a 1 1/2 years old are encouraged to “spin” on this ride-on toy with a “360 degree MOTION.” The label depicts a young child riding the saucer on a sidewalk, despite warnings to “never” use near “motor vehicles, streets, roadways… [and] sloped driveways…”, among other warnings. The manufacturer does not include warnings or instructions regarding the use of helmets or other safety gear.

Bright Starts Tummy Time Prop And Play | Photo by eBay.com

“Bright Starts Tummy Time Prop And Play”– PRICE $24.99 – By Kids2, Inc., at Target, Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Age Recommendation: “0M+”, “Warning: To prevent suffocation, do not put any pillow in a cot or near an area where an infant may sleep” (On product tag inside box), and other cautions/warnings.

HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR SUFFOCATION!

W.A.T.C.H. Out! This plush, soft “prop mat” is sold for newborn infants along with a “no slide tummy pillow”and other accessories for “auditory [and] tactile… stimulation.”A “caution” on a tag states: “Do NOT allow babies to sleep on this product…. Do NOT use in crib, play yard, or other contained area.” Another tag warns of the potential for “suffocation….” The potential hazards associated with pillows and similar plush items sold for infants are well documented.

Perfectly Cute My Lil’ Baby Feed And Go | Photo by Posh Mark.com

“Perfectly Cute My Lil’ Baby Feed And Go Set” PRICE $14.99 – By JAKKS, Pacific Inc., at Target, Age Recommendation: “2+”, Warning: None,

HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR INGESTION AND CHOKING INJURIES!

W.A.T.C.H. Out! This baby-doll is sold with feeding accessories for play by 2-year-olds. The doll’s head is adorned with a ribbon that could be removed during playtime, and the small, soft, rubber-like baby bottle could be mouthed and potentially ingested by an oral-aged child.

Nerf Hyper Rush-40 Blaster | Photo by Geekspin.com

“Nerf Hyper Rush-40 Blaster “– PRICE $30.52 – By Hasbro, Inc., at Walmart, Nerf.Hasbro.com, Amazon.com, Bestbuy .com Target.com, Gamestop.com, Entertainmentearth.com, Age Recommendation “14+”, Warning: “To avoid eye injury Warning: Do not aim at eyes or face. Use of eyewear required for players and people within range….” (and other warnings/cautions).

HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR EYE AND FACIAL INJURIES!

W.A.T.C.H. OUT! The Nerf Rush-40 Blaster is capable of shooting the supplied ammunition at an “extreme speed.” The manufacturer warns that, “to avoid eye injury”, children must not “aim at eyes or face.” Plastic eyeglasses are included, however, the full face masks depicted on the box are sold separately.

Learn To Play Drum | Photo by udemy.com

“Learn To Play Drum” – PRICE $27.99 – By Hape International, Inc., at Henry Bear’s Park, Saksfifthavenue.com, Hape-toy.com, Age recommendation: “12M-5Y”, Warning: “WARNING! Do not use close to the ear! Misuse may cause damage to hearing. (and other warning on box and insert).

HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR INGESTION AND CHOKING INJURIES.

W.A.T.C.H. OUT! This colorful drum is marketed to encourage exploration of “rhythm and sound” by babies as young as 12-months-old. The manufacturer does not provide any warnings regarding the rigid, slender approximately 5 1/2″ long drumsticks, which have the potential to be mouthed and occlude a child’s airway.

Rollers Light Up Heel Skates | Photo by eBay.com

“Rollers Light Up Heel Skates” – PRICE $15.00 – By Madd Gear,LLC USA, at Walmart, Usmaddgear.com, Ultgar.com,  Age recommendation: “FOR AGES: 6 YEARS +”,Warnings: “WARNING: WEAR PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT. ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET, PROTECTIVE PADS, & FULLY ENCLOSED SHOES….DO NOT USE ON WET SURFACES, UNEVEN OR UNPAVED ROAD….”(AND NUMEROUS OTHER WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS.

HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR BLUNT IMPACT INJURIES!

W.A.T.C.H. OUT! POTENTIAL FOR BLUNT IMPACT INJURIES! Rollers Light Up Heel Skates are marketed to be strapped to the heels of children’s shoes, transforming footwear into a type of rear-wheel roller skate. Despite the manufacturer’s warning to wear “protective equipment” , the child depicted on the box using the rollers is not wearing a helmet or other protective gear.

Snake eyes G.I. Joe origins Ninja Sickles | Photo by Hasbro.com

“Snake eyes G.I. Joe origins Ninja Sickles “ – PRICE $15.99 – By Hasbro, The Bridge Direct, Inc., at Amazon.com, Walmart.com, and Macys.com,  Age recommendation: “5+”, Warning: “CAUTION: Do not swing, poke or jab at people or animals.”, and small parts warning (on box only).

HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR BLUNT FORCE AND EYE INJURIES!

W.A.T.C.H. Out! Young children are encouraged to “GEAR UP!” for a SNAPATTACK using “ninja sickle” plastic blades, with the potential to cause facial and other impact injuries.

My First Hoverboard | Photo by The Quality Sale.com

“”My First Hoverboard” – PRICE $94.00 – By Hover-1,Div of DGL Group, Ltd. at Walmart, hover-1.com, Age recommendation: “Ages 5+”, Warning: “Do not ride without proper training and guidance”; “Do not ride at high speeds, on steep slopes, or rock or uneven terrain.”(and numerous other warnings/cautions on box and product, and in product manual).

HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR HEAD AND OTHER IMPACT INJURIES!

W.A.T.C.H. Out! This two-wheeled “hoverboard” is sold in the retail toy isle for 5-year-olds, who are cautioned to “comply with local laws” and to ride only with “proper training.” In addition to the numerous warnings on and inside the box, including a 21-page “Operation manual”, the label on the product itself states, in part, that failure to follow instructions “can result in death or serious injury….”

My Life As” Shopping Basket | Photo by Walmart.com

And the last of the top ten is“Walmart “My Life As” Shopping Basket – PRICE $8.97 – By Walmart, Inc., at Walmart,  Age recommendation: “Not for children under 3 years” (throw-away packaging only), Warning: WARNING CHOKING HAZARD small parts”(throw-away packaging only).

HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR CHOKING INJURIES!

W.A.T.C.H Out! This toy shopping basket contains sixteen miniature food items, including fruits, vegetables, and food and drink containers. Despite the significant potential risks posed by the numerous small parts, the only small-parts warning provided by the manufacturer appears on the throw-away packaging.

There you have  the W.A.T.C.H. list top 10 most dangerous toys that are on their list this year. 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. Again, if you already purchased one of the toys on the list at least you know the toy should not be used and should probably be returned to the place where purchased for a refund.

If you would like to know more about W.A.T.C.H you can follow this link to their webpage at: https://toysafety.org/

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