Some manufacturers overlook
safety hazards in the design and construction of children's toys. World Against Toys
Causing Harm, Inc. (WATCH), a toy advocacy safety group, says the market
contains an array of dangerous play items, and they urge parents to be
extra careful when shopping for them online.
Per the WATCH website, here's the mission of this safety crusade: "Although
parents have a right to expect that toys they give to their children are
safe, unsafe toys remain an ongoing problem. One child is treated in a
U.S. emergency room every three minutes for a toy-related injury. From
1990 to 2011, there was a 40% increase in toy-related injuries. Consumers
can help children enjoy a safer holiday season knowing what traps to avoid
when selecting toys. W.A.T.C.H.'s "10 Worst Toys" list,
a hands-on tool for consumers, raises awareness of the different types
of potential hazards to avoid while toy shopping."
WATCH's list of the ten most unsafe toys of 2015.
1. Bunnies by the Bay makes
"Bud" Skipit's Wheely Cute Pull Along, which sells for $29.99. The toy has the potential to cause choking injuries.
2. GD.Jiefeng Toys makes
Foam Dart Gun, which sells for $13.99. It is a realistic toy weapon.
3. Toys R Us, Inc. makes
Stats' 38″ Quick-Folding Trampoline, which sells for $49.99. This jumping equipment could cause head, neck
and other injuries.
4. Skyrocket Toys makes
Poo-Dough, which sells for $4.99. It contains wheat, so it has the potential to
produce an allergic reaction.
5. Imperial Toy makes
Splat X Smack Shot, which sells for $10. The shooting device has the potential to cause
6. PlaySmart makes
Kick Flipper, which sells for $19.99. It could cause head and other bodily injuries.
7. Playmates International Company makes
Leonardo's Electronic Stealth Sword, which sells for $24.99. The toy weapon has the potential to cause blunt
8. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. makes
Kid Connection Doctor Play Set, which sells for $4.97. It has the potential to produce ingestion and
9. Early Learning Centre makes
Pull Along Zebra, which sells for $20.99. The toy has the potential to result in entanglement
and strangulation injuries.
10. Hasbro makes
Jurassic World Velociraptor Claws, which sells for $19.99. It has the potential to cause eye and facial injuries.
Here are 6 signs that your toys
might be defective.
Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys if your child was seriously hurt by a defective toy or product.