The annual list of the 10 most dangerous and worst toys is ready. It shows the toys and gifts you should be avoiding.
The list has been made by the consumer watchdog group World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH). It is based in Massachusetts and every year singles out the 10 most dangerous and worst toys on the market. The organization claims that the toys are showing common problems found in other similar toys, the Associated Press reports.
However, the groups statements have sparked some debate in the toy industry. For example the Toy Industry Association says all toys in the USA go through special and thorough testing before they are allowed in the stores. There are more than 100 safety tests and safety standards and certifications they must adhere to. All off the testing is done by an independent, federally approved testing lab, the Association says.
More so, WATCH is not testing the toys itself. Despite this the watchdog group is saying that it is simply providing easy ways for parents to identify dangerous toys. “Their allegations are based on pure conjecture and opinion,” the toy association said in a statement. “When examined and reviewed, year after year these lists have repeatedly shown to be full of false claims and needlessly frighten parents and caregivers.”
WATCH is responding that there are 3 million toys recalled this past year for issues that could injure children. “The $22 billion-a-year toy industry should be asking what they can do better to protect children instead of making blanket statements that ‘toys sold on U.S. toy shelves are safe”, WATCH President Joan Siff says.
So there are quite a lot of varying opinions. At the least you should be careful when taking decisions.
Here’s WATCH’s list of the 10 worst toys for 2015:
— “Bud” Skipit’s Wheely Cute Pull Along. Potential for choking injuries; made by Bunnies By The Bay; $29.99
— Foam dart gun. Realistic toy weapon; made by GD.Jiefeng Toys; $13.99.
— Stats’ 38″ quick-folding trampoline. Potential for head, neck and other injuries; by Toys R Us, Inc.; $49.99.
— Poo-Dough. Potential for allergy-related injuries (warning label says it contains wheat); by Skyrocket Toys; $4.99.
— Splat X Smack Shot. Potential for eye injuries; by Imperial Toy; $10.
— Kick Flipper. Potential for head and other bodily injuries; by Playsmart; $19.99.
— Leonardo’s Electronic Stealth Sword. Potential for blunt force injuries; by Playmates International Company; $24.99.
— Kid Connection doctor play set. Potential for ingestion and choking injuries; by Wal-Mart Stores Inc.; $4.97.
— Pull Along Zebra: Potential for strangulation and entanglement injuries; by Early Learning Centre; $20.99.
— Jurassic World velociraptor claws. Potential for eye and facial injuries; by Hasbro; $19.99.