I think that everyone will agree that this has been the year of the unsafe toy.
As parents head to the stores to purchase gifts for their kids for Christmas, here are 10 more toys that you might want to take off of your list. These unsafe toys have been listed by W.A.T.C.H. for various reasons ranging from lead hazard recalls to choking or internal injuries.
It has become apparent that licenced toys cannot be trusted. There have been a shocking number of licenced products recalled this year and 3 in this list.
- Diego is on this list due to lead hazard recall.
- The Spiderman 3 Goblin Sword because the plastic spring-action blade swiftly extends at the push of a button to a length of “over 3 feet long”.
- The fun looking Dora lamp contains a scary warning message:
“THIS IS AN ELECTRIC LAMP – NOT A TOY! TO AVOID RISK OF FIRE, BURNS, PERSONAL INJURY AND ELECTRIC SHOCK, IT SHOULD NOT BE PLAYED WITH OR PLACED WHERE SMALL CHILDREN CAN REACH IT,” where children are further instructed to “unplug the product when leaving the house, when retiring for the night, or if left unattended”.
- The Sticky Stones are magnetic balls that could cause SEVERE internal issues if more than one is swallowed.
- Jack Sparrow’s ‘Spinning Dagger’ has the potential for serious eye and other impact injuries.
- Lil Giddy Up Horse presents a serious choking hazard in the form of a small, wooden bead as well as long, fiber-like hair that is not adequately rooted and is easily removable.’
- B Loonies Party Pack contains chemicals such as “poly vinyl acetate”, “ethyl acetate”, and “plastic fortifiers”. Flammable chemicals and related chemical fumes should not be part of a child’s toy, much less one intended to be used in or near a child’s mouth and eyes.
- My Little Baby Born’s pacifier is detachable, creating the possibility for your infant to choke.
- The Rubber Band Shooter goes without saying…who comes up with this stuff?
Parents need to be more informed now. It seems that more research is needed before your pick out a toy for your child. Please visit toysafety.org for full size pictures and a full description of each issue.