10 Dangerous Toys in 2016
Children’s toys: you think you would have nothing to worry about right? Wrong. Though there is some regulation, unfortunately many toys you see in stores this holiday season, should be chosen with an abundance of caution.
“World Against Toys Causing Harm” (WATCH) is non-profit organization that’s mission is to educate the public about dangerous children’s products. They say that “one injury to one child as a result of a poorly designed or manufactured children’s product is one too many.” We wholeheartedly agree.
Every year since 1973, WATCH has released their 10 Worst Toys list. The toys on this list have been identified as having the highest potential to cause injuries or death to children. The 2016 list was just released on November 15, just in time for the holiday shopping season.
At Hancock Injury Attorneys we are dedicated to informing everyone how to be as safe and informed as possible, which is why we are sharing this year’s 10 worst toys list:
- Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddles Family– This toy is sold at Target and Amazon. Why is it on the WATCH list? Some packaging touts this product as 2+ with no warnings for choking hazards, while other packaging says 3+ with a choking hazard warning. This is causing a higher potential for choking injuries.
- Kids Time Baby Children’s Elephant Pillow– This toy is sold on Amazon. Why is it on the WATCH list? The product has zero warnings on the physical product despite the website stating the pillow should only be used by an infant if an adult is present. It is a suffocation hazard. Since this product is marketed towards use with children under one, it is in violation of the Federal Hazardous Substances Act which states, “Infant pillow[s]” and “any other similar article[s]” which are “intended or promoted for use by children under one year of age” have been banned.
- Slimeball Slinger– This toy is sold at Toys R Us and Amazon. Why is it on the WATCH list? The product says that the “ammunition” can be fired over 30 feet. Objects going that far and fast can have the potential for serious eye injuries. The warning on the product reads,
“Never shoot at any person or animal…”
- Banzai Bump N’ Bounce Body Bumpers– This toy is sold at Walmart Amazon, Ebay and Sears. Why is it on the WATCH list? Children starting at 4 are encouraged to wear these and run into each other, and in the picture, with no protection. This is in spite of the waring on the box stating, “To avoid risk of serious injury or death: …This product does not provide protection. Impact hazard may present; protective equipment (for head, elbows, knees, hands, etc) should be worn (not included)”.
- Nerf Rival Apollo XV-700 Blaster– This toy is sold at Walmart, Target, Amazon and Kmart. It is recommended for ages 14+ but has zero safety warnings. This product is on the WATCH list because it encourages “precision battling” and “intense head-to head competition”. With this language and how forceful the ammunition can fire, eye injuries are a huge potential.
- The Good Dinosaur Galloping Butch– This toy is sold at Walmart, Amazon and Toys R US. This toy is on the WATCH list because the action that 3-year-olds have to take in order to work the toy is by pressing a button, causing them to get close to its, sharp pointed tail. The toy has a “hazard” for puncture wound injuries, therefore WATCH feels that there is a large potential for these injuries as they are encouraged to play with the toy in rougher manner.
- Peppy Pups– This toy is sold at Toys R US. It has no warnings on the packaging, however is on the WATCH list for its potential for strangulation injuries. The industry’s standard for strings on crib toys is 12 inches. However since this product is 2+ the cord, which measures 31 inches is allowed.
- Flying Heroes Superman Launcher– This toy is sold at Toys R Us, Amazon, Walmart, Sears, Ebay and BigW. On the Packaging, the warning reads, “Never aim at eyes or face”. Despite this warning this toy is on the WATCH list for its potential to cause eye and facial injuries.
- Baby Magic Feed and Play Baby– This toy is sold at Toys R Us, Amazon and Sears. It has no warning labels. This toy is on the WATCH list for its potential for ingestion injuries. The interactive spoon is thin and hard and could easily constrict a child’s airway.
- Warcraft Doomhammer– This toy is sold at Toys R Us and Amazon. The warning label reads, “Not suitable for children under 36 months, choking hazard”. However, this toy is on the WATCH list for its potential for blunt impact injuries, as 6-year-olds are encouraged to use the heavy rigid hammer based off of weaponry in the “Warcraft” movie.