This week, World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.) announced their nominees for their 2018 edition of the top ten worst toys for consumers to purchase their children this holiday season. The toys mentioned on this list are available both online and in retail stores.
For more than 40 years, this non-profit organization continues to raise awareness about dangerous and defective toys and other children’s products. Their “10 Most Dangerous” Toy List and other efforts throughout each year have led in toy recalls and safer products for children.
Unfortunately, dangerous toys continue to be made available every year, whether on websites by e-retailers, on store shelves, or in catalogs. Toy manufacturers continue to produce classic toy dangers, such as small parts that are considered choking hazards, toxic substances that are poisonous, flammable material that can cause burns, projectiles, and improper warnings and labels.
The following is a list of the ten toys you should stay away during the holidays in 2018:
- Marvel Black Panther Slash Claw – This toy has the potential to cause eye and facial injuries because it encourages five-year-olds to “slash” like the comic book and movie hero, even though the package warns not to use to “hit or swing at people”. This toy is also considered a choking hazard.
- Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel Superstar Blade – Recommended for kids as young as four years of age, this toy is equipped with a spring-loaded plastic blade which can possibly cause eye injuries and other facial injuries due to blunt force trauma.
- Nerf Vortex VTX Praxis Blaster – Kids as young as eight years of age can load and shoots out 10 discs consecutively through use of its “pump-action” feature. These projectile discs have to potential to cause eye and other facial injuries.
- Nickelodeon Nella Princess Knight Pillow Pets Sleeptime Lites – Although this toy is marketed as a nightlight for infants, consumers are not supposed to use it in a crib. Furthermore, the accessories can present a choking hazard and there is a warning for battery acid leakage.
- Miniclara the Ballerina Doll – Manufactured by NICI, the recommended age for this toy is at least two years old. The doll is sold with an accessory which is shaped like a tiny kitten that detaches, posing a potential choking hazard.
- Cabbage Patch Kids Dance Time Doll – While the doll itself doesn’t present any dangers to oral-age children, the headband is detachable, which could be ingested.
- Zoo Jamz Xylophone – Designed for children between the ages of one and a half and four years old, there are no warnings for the drumstick handle, which could pose as a choking and indigestion hazard.
- Cutting Fruit – A child at least two years of age can use a hard-plastic knife to cut magnetic fruits in half. However, the knife has the potential to cause puncture wounds and blunt force injuries.
- Chien A Promener Pull Along Dog – This toy comes with a 19-inch cord without a warning as a potential for strangulation and entanglement injuries.
- Stomp Rocket Ultra Rocket – Children at least six years of age are meant to run, jump, and then land on a launching device to propel the rocket up in the air—up to 200 feet. However, such projectile toys can cause eye, face, and other impact-related injuries.