Are These the Most Dangerous Toys?
If you’re the parent of a young child, you know that holiday toy shopping can be the most stressful time of the year. During the holiday season, parents wait in long lines, scour toy store shelves, and shell out outrageous prices to find the season’s hottest toys. Last year, stuffed animals called Hatchimals were all the rage, while this year’s most coveted gifts include battery-powered cars, nail polish makers, and anything associated with hit films like Star Wars, Wonder Woman, and Frozen. While it can be stressful to find the perfect gift for a child, seeing the look on their face is always worth it!
Can Toys be Dangerous?
But according to a consumer safety group called World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH), there are some toys you should avoid this holiday shopping season. Their “10 Ten Worst Toys List” aims to educate parents about dangerous toys. They claim these toys have the potential to cause dangerous injuries, including blunt force trauma, choking, and eye injuries.
It might seem over-the-top, but WATCH isn’t releasing this list just to quash holiday joy. Toys can actually be dangerous. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 251,800 children were injured by toys in 2014. There were also 11 reports of fatalities in 2014, all involving children under the age of 12. 64% of these deaths were caused by riding toys, while strangulation and suffocation also played a dangerous role. Toys of all types lead to injuries, ranging from motorized scooters to toys as simple as marbles and dolls.
Reasons for Concern
Any toy can be dangerous if it contains defects, like parts that can easily break. Small toys can be dangerous even without defects, as they are small enough for a curious child to put in their mouth. Other times, toys can be dangerous if used improperly, like a motorized truck that should not be used on the road. Regardless of if the hazard is caused by a defect, small part, or other circumstances, toy companies should try their best to address the issue and alert users. If the problem is with the manufacturing of the product, the company should recall it immediately. All industries have a duty to their consumers, but since the toy industry involves such young consumers, their commitment to safety is particularly important.
Sometimes the responsibility falls on the consumer, too. For example, parents and guardians should make sure that toys are being used responsibly and properly. Guardians should also be aware of toys with small parts and should keep these away from younger children. Before buying any toy, they should make sure it is appropriate for their child’s age range. When companies produce safe toys and parents enforce safety around the house, toy injuries are much less likely to occur.
The Most Dangerous Toys
So, what toys should you avoid this holiday season? According to WATCH, the “10 Worst Toys” of 2017 are:
- A stacking toy which contains stuffed animals with rattling rings inside, because of a choking hazard
- “Pull along pony” crib toy for toddlers, due to a strangulation hazard from the toy’s string cord
- A plastic sword, inspired by the movie Wonder Woman, due to the potential for blunt force trauma injuries
- Fidget spinners, one of this year’s trends, due to the toy’s small parts, which can be a choking hazard
- A spider-shaped drone based on the movie Spider-Man, which has sharp blades that could cause lacerations
- A toy crossbow, perfect for battling make-believe zombies, due to the potential for eye injuries
- A tightrope like outdoor toy, intended to be attached between two trees, for strangulation and fall-related injuries
- A wooden xylophone for toddlers, due to small parts
- Wheels that can be strapped to the bottom of shoes, because they could cause burn and blunt force trauma injuries
- A soft doll that contains small parts, leading to the potential for a choking hazard
Some of these products, like the drone and tightrope, seem like they could be inherently dangerous. But plenty of the toys on this list show that everyday toys can be dangerous. Whether you agree or not, it’s still an important reminder to make informed decisions while searching for that perfect toy.
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