Most Dangerous Toys of 2019
December 9, 2019
Many parents believe that if a toy is for sale, it is safe for children under the age guidelines that the manufacturer set. This is not always true, and many consumer watchdog groups are keeping an eye on dangerous toys that are currently being sold. World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.) has been evaluating dangerous toys for over 40 years.
There is a government agency put in charge of consumer products that issues toy recalls. Toys will usually be recalled as a result of choking hazards, puncture risks, lead poisonings, lacerations, and strangulation risks. Between January 2018 and October 2019, more than 1.2 million units of toys were recalled in the U.S. and Canada. Although it is good when recalls are issued, it is important to note that many of the recall notices do not reach consumers, either because the products were never registered with the manufacturer, the toy was bought or given second-hand, or parents do not have access to the messages in the media.
Toy Injury Statistics
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimated 251,700 toy-related injuries in the United States in 2017. Additionally, between 2015 and 2017, 37 children died as a result of playing with dangerous toys. The most dangerous toys, as evaluated by W.A.T.C.H., this year include:
- Nerf Ultra Dart Blaster by Hasbro can cause possible eye injuries due to projectiles.
- Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog by Learning Resources presents a choking hazard with the quills of the hedgehog.
- Bunchem’s Bunch’n Build by Spin Master LTD presents a choking hazard with some small parts.
- Yeti by the Douglas Company, Inc. presents a hazard for ingestion or aspiration injuries associated with the hair on the toy.
- Nickelodeon Frozen Treats Slime by LaRose Industries contains slime that resembles food, but the manufacturer states that the slime contains harmful chemicals, therefore there is a potential for chemical ingestion.
- Anstoy Electronic Toy Gun by Anstoy looks very realistic and there is a potential for injury from the projectiles that come with the gun.
- Diecast School Bus by Schylling contains pieces that come off the bus, which presents a choking hazard.
- Pogo Trick Board by Flybar, Inc. has a high potential for head and impact injuries. The children modeled on the box are also not wearing safety equipment when using the toy.
- Power Rangers Cheetah Claw by Hasbro presents a potential for eye and facial injuries.
- Viga Pull Along Caterpillar by Viga contains a 24-inch string that creates a hazard for strangulation and entanglement.
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