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Dangerous Toys

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With the holidays approaching, many of the adults I know are busying giving and receiving advice about what toys to get their children.  Sometimes the advice about what kind of toy NOT to get is even more important as the advice about what toy TO get.  That is why I wanted to write this post.

I recently received an email about a list of dangerous toys, which I wanted to share.  The list is made every year by the World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc., or W.A.T.C.H.  I do not know much about W.A.T.C.H. but I do know they publish this list of dangerous toys every year around the holidays and that they have a standing list of potential toy hazards.  I will write more on the toy hazards later.

Ten Dangerous Toys

Animal Alley Purse Pet

This toy is a soft toy sold to ages 0+, but its long hair is easily removed.  This presents a potential choking hazard to young children.

Ninja Battle Gear-Michelangelo

This toy is part of a set that allows children ages 4 and up to dress up like ninjas and fight with their weapons.  Children can easily be hurt if one end of Michelangelo's nunchuks hits them.

Walk'n Sounds Digger the Dog

This toy features a pull cord that activates barking and other dog sounds.  Although the toy is marketed to children ages 12 months+, its 26 inch length cord presents a choking hazard to young children.  This is very remarkable since most toy manufacturers voluntarily limit cords on cribs and playpens for children that age to 12 inches or less.

Pucci Puppies - My Own Puppy House Golden Retriever

Small dog toys such as a bone, cookie, and chew toy could easily fit in a toddler's mouth and therefore present a choking hazard.

Meadow Mystery Play-A-Sound Book with a Cuddly Pooh

The Winnie the Pooh doll comes with a mystery mask that presents a choking hazard to young children.  Although the packaging indicates the product has been safety tested for children age 18 months and up, the doll indicates it is safe for all levels.  Parents should be aware of the inconsistency.

Inflatable Giga Ball

Children 4 and up can crawl inside this inflatable ball to tumble and bounce around, but they can be hurt while bouncing around.  One set of warnings advises not to use the toy on hills or near water and states parental supervision is required.  The toy itself indicates parental supervision is merely recommended while the package insert states the product should not be used as a flotation device or by the pool.

Adjustable Toy Skates

Warnings on the packaging state a child using the toy skates should wear knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, and a helmet.  The safety gear that comes with the toy, however, only includes knee pads and elbow pads.

Sportsman Shotgun

This is a realistic looking gun that allows a child to load and then shoot rubber bullets.  There is a serious potential for eye injuries, injuries to pets, injuries to other children, and other injuries.  The packing recommends the toy for children ages 14+ but further states it is not recommended for children younger than 3.

Extreme Spiral Copters

This toy allows children to launch a spinning helicopter into the air with a rubber band.  This carries all the hazards that a traditional sling shot would, including injuries to the child using the toy if the band breaks or snaps backward and injuries to people or animals in the projectile/helicopter's path.

Go Go Minis Pullback Vehicle

The rear wheels of these miniature trucks and cars can be removed, and they present a choking hazard to children.  Although the packaging contains a warning stating this, there is no corresponding warning on the toy itself.

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