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Around this time each year, the consumer safety group World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.) puts together a list of toys that present safety hazards to children. This nonprofit group has been releasing this list for over 40 years. Toys that make these notorious lists range for different age groups. Risks include choking, entanglement, ingestion, and worse. The group stated that in addition to poor design, some of the toys have inadequate warning labels.
Though toys are supposed to provide fun and entertainment, many have hidden dangers that can put children at risk for an injury or even death. Parents and caregivers should be aware of these potential hazards and should always read warning labels. Some toys, such as plastic guns and pogo boards, require protective gear, such as goggles or knee pads.
During the holidays, relatives and friends may buy toys for children without considering the potential dangers, especially if they do not have children of their own. Diligent parents and caregivers are advised to take heed of the warnings and be extra careful when buying toys and when children receive gifts from others. The following are the most dangerous toys of the year, researched and chosen by W.A.T.C.H.
Priced at $49.99, Hasbro’s Nerf Ultra One is a dart blasting toy designed to resemble a machine gun. It is sold at major retailers, such as Walmart and Target, and is recommended for children aged eight and older. It has the potential to injure users who may ingest the darts, and cause battery-related injuries. The darts can also hurt other people, especially if they land in someone’s eye.
Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog is another dangerous toy that retails for $17.99 at Kohls, Amazon, and other large retailers. It is manufactured by Learning Resources, Inc. and has no warning labels. Designed for toddlers aged 18 months and older, it has removable, small quills that can be swallowed or cause choking.
Spin Master LTD’s “Bunchems” Bunch n’ Build toy retails around $16.50 at Amazon, Michael’s, and Walmart. It is recommended for children aged four and older, and was flagged because of its small parts that can get stuck in children’s hair or swallowed.
The remaining seven dangerous toys that made W.A.T.C.H.’s list include:
If you or someone you love was injured by a dangerous toy, an experienced Delaware personal injury lawyer at Rhoades & Morrow can help. We provide trusted legal guidance to every case. For a free case evaluation, call us at 302-427-9500 or complete our online form. Located in Wilmington, Bear, and Milford, Delaware, we serve clients throughout the state, including the areas of Elsmere and Seaford.
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