BOSTON (NEWS10) – Consumer safety group WATCH (World Against Toys Causing Harm) has released their list of “10 Worst Toys of 2018“. The non-profit group compiled a list of toys that should not be in the hands of children.
The toys include poorly designed toys and inadequate warnings and age recommendations. W.A.T.C.H. hopes raise awareness about dangerous toys in order to reduce injuries to children. Many of these toys can be found at major retailers and online.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were an estimated 240,000 toy-related injuries in the U.S. in 2016. Thirty-five children died because of toy-related incidents from 2014-2016.
10 Worst Toys of 2018
1. Nickelodeon Nella Princess Knight Pillow Pets Sleeptime Lites
These soft, plush toys are marketed for infants as a nightlight for baby’s room. Nella has small, felt-like flower and heart-tag accessories, if they are removed, they present potential ingestion hazard. The manufacturer also identifies a “battery acid leakage” hazard.
2. Nerf Vortex Praxis Blaster
These are marketed for children as young as eight, but the launch-force of the discs pose potential eye and facial injuries.
3. Marvel Black Panther Slash Claw
This toy claw is based on the popular comic book and movie character. The rigid, plastic claw sold as a slash claw simultaneously warns children not to swing at people.
4. Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel Superstar Blade
The spring-loaded plastic blade can potentially cause facial and other impact injuries.
5. Cabbage Patch Kids Dance Time Doll
This doll is sold with a removable headband with can be ingested by a child.
6.Zoo Jamz Xylophone
The manufacturer provides no warnings about the slender nine-inch-long drumstick handle which can potentially be mouthed and occlude a child’s airway.
7. Nici Wonderland Doll: Miniclara the Ballerina
The small plush kitty can detach and pose as a choking hazard to a child.
8. Stomp Rocket Ultra Rocket
Many warnings appear on the package to caution parents and kids to “prevent serious eye or face injuries.…”
9. Cutting Fruit
The knife can potentially cause puncture wounds and other blunt trauma injuries
10. Chien A Promener Pull Along Dog
This pull toy has a cord measuring approximately 19 inches. No warnings are provided.
All images from W.A.T.C.H