BOSTON (NEWS10) — While the kids are busy writing their wish lists to Santa for the latest toys, the organization World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. released its annual report on potentially harmful toys this holiday season.
The annual report titled “10 Worst Toys” This Holiday Season was released Tuesday afternoon at Boston’s Children’s Hospital. It’s geared toward informing parents of the potential hazards some toys contain.
The organization looked at hazardous toy trends from the past year to tally safety concerns. Among the safety concerns, this year were projectile toys that could cause eye injuries, toys that encourage jumping and toys marketed with inconsistent safety messages.
“With watch’s help, parents can become proactive and vigilant participants in their own children’s safety,” said Jane O’Brien, Franciscan Children’s Chief Medical Examiner.
Here are the top 10 hazardous toys, according to the group.
- Nerf Ultra One
- Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog
- Bunchems Bunch’n Build
- Nickelodeon Frozen Treats Slime
- Anstoy Electric Toy Gun
- Diecast School Bus
- Pogo Trick Board
- Power Rangers Electronic Cheetah Claw
- Viga Pull Along Caterpillar
According to the report, one child visits the emergency room every three minutes for a toy-related injury. In 2017, there were 37 toy-related incident deaths. In addition, there was a 40% increase in toy-related injuries from 1990-2011.
“The last thing we want is for children to come here as a result of accidents associated with these toys,” said John Nash, Franciscan Children’s Hospital CEO.
The Toy Association released a statement, following the release of the “Worst Toy” list. The association says W.A.T.C.H.’s dangerous toys list “needlessly frightens parents and caregivers.”
By law, all toys sold in the United States must meet 100+ rigorous safety tests and standards. On the other hand, W.A.T.C.H. does not test the toys in its report to check their safety; their allegations appear to be based on their misrepresentation or misunderstanding of the mandatory toy standards.
Unable to find product defects on the market as a result of these strict U.S. toy standards and test requirements, W.A.T.C.H. tends to focus on products with safety instructions and warnings, as if responsibly providing safety information to consumers is somehow an indication that a product cannot be safe for use or for sale, when the opposite is true.
W.A.T.C.H. looks to gain media attention for its organization at this time of year. However, toymakers and The Toy Association are committed to toy safety year-round. These efforts include providing useful tips for families and caregivers to help them choose age-appropriate toys and ensure safe play. The Association reminds parents and caregivers to always purchase toys from reputable stores and online sellers they know and trust. Toys sold by legitimate and known sellers are tested for compliance with the U.S.’s strict toy safety standard, which includes stringent limits for lead and other chemicals, a highly effective small parts regulation developed with the help of pediatricians, as well as requirements to ensure sturdiness and reliability of toys, among many other requirements.The Toy Association