Top 10 Toys on the Naughty List
Are you buying safe toys for your children this holiday season? Safety should be your number one priority when purchasing toys. Just because a toy might have good review does not necessarily mean it is safe for children. World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about dangerous children’s products and protecting them from harm.
Here is their top ten worst toys:
Itty Bitts Baby Plush stacking toy by Hallmark
The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall on the product in August because the small fabric hats and bows were detachable and posed a choking hazard.
Pull Along Pony by Tolo Toys Limited
WATCH said the product violates a federal law that requires strings to be less than 12 inches long. The toy’s cord is 19 inches long. The Toy Association said that the pull-along toys are an exception to this rule because the purpose is to teach motor skills.
Wonder Woman Battle-Action Sword by Mattel
They warn consumers that the stiff plastic sword can cause facial damage or other injuries to children
Hand Fidget Spinners by Kipp Brothers
WATCH says that many of the small parts can easily become loose or pulled off
Spider-Man Spider-Drone Official Movie Edition by Marvel and Skyrocket Toys
The toy comes with a warning to keep moving parts away from fingers, hair, eyes, and other body parts. WATCH says it is dangerous for children
Nerf Zombine Strike Dreadbolt Crossbow by Hasbro & Nerf.com
The crossbow can cause eye and facial injuries. WATCH said the crossbow is inappropriate for small children
Slackers Slackline Classic Kit by Brand 44
This outdoor tightrope is marketed to kids of all ages however comes with a warning of “severe injury,” including a chance for “strangulation hazard.”
The Oval Xylophone by Plans Toy Inc & Plan Creations
The toy does not come with a warning regarding the 9-and-a-half-inch long stick, which could be placed in the child’s mouth and obstruct the airway
Jetts Heel Wheels by Razor USA
The mini-roller skate like devices are meant to be attached to the back of a child’s shoes. The product comes with sparklers on the back that spark while moving. The manufacturer warns users to “keep sparks away from eyes, hair, exposed skin and clothing. Sparks can burn”
Brianna Babydoll by Melissa & Doug
The dolls have removable clothes and ponytail holders, which could be a choking hazard.
Toy Safety for Every Age
Here are some age-specific guidelines to keep in mind according to www.kidshealth.com.
Infants, Toddlers, & Preschoolers
- Toys should be large enough – at least 1 ¼ in diameter and 2 ¼ in length so they can’t be swallowed
- Avoid marbles, coins, and balls
- Battery-operated toys should have battery cases that secure with screws so that kids can’t get them open
- Make sure toys don’t have sharp ends or small parts, strings longer than 7 inches, parts that could pinch small fingers
- Riding toys should come with straps
- Stuffed animals sold at carnivals, fairs, etc are not required to meet safety standards
- Bicycles, scooters, skating should never be used without a helmets
- Nets should be well constructed and firmly attached to the rim
- Toy darts or arrows should have soft tips
- Electric toys should be labeled UL, meaning they meet safety standards
If you have been injured by a dangerously defective toy and/or product, you can count on Sam C. Mitchell & Associates to investigate and explore all of your options. Give us a call at 618-932-2772 or contact us at http://www.scmitchell.com/contact-us/