The Most Dangerous Toys of 2019
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. This year, some of the most coveted items include a Playmobile castle, interactive dolls, and toys relating to hit franchises like Frozen, Star Wars, and Paw Patrol. While it can be stressful to find the perfect gift for a child, seeing the look on their face is always worth it!
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.
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.
So what toys should you avoid for your little one this holiday season? According to WATCH, here are the top ten most dangerous toys on 2019:
- Nerf Ultra One from Hasbro
- Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog from Learning Resources Inc.
- Bunchems Bunch ‘n Build by Spin Master Ltd.
- Yeti by Douglas Company Inc.
- Nickelodeon Frozen Treats Slime by LaRose Industires
- Anstoy Electric Toy Gun by Anstoy
- Diecast School Bus by Schylling
- Flybar Pogo Trick Board by Flybar Inc.
- Power Rangers Electronic Cheetah Claw by Hasbro
- Viga Pull-Along Caterpilla by Viga
Some of these products, like the toy gun, 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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