World Against Toys Causing Harm Inc. (WATCH) has released its annual list of the ten most dangerous toys. The consumer safety group warns parents that these toys may pose a risk of injuries to their children. Injuries to children can include strangulation, lacerations and falls resulting in emergency rooms visits and other forms of urgent care.
Here is a complete list of WATCH’s Top Ten Dangerous Toys for 2012:
- Magnetic Fishing Game manufactured by Kole Imports
Hazard: The plastic fishing pole uses common twine to attach a small, magnetic lure. The brightly-colored plastic lure, whether detached or connected to the approximately 9”-long cord, poses a serious potential choking hazard for oral-age children.
- Toy R Us Bongo Ball
Hazard: There is a potential for impact and other serious injuries with this inflatable ball that children can get inside and “Bounce, Spin, Roll, Tumble,” according to its packaging.
- Dart Zone Quick Fire 12 Dart Gun by Prime Time Toys, Ltd
Hazard: The darts can be shot with enough force to potentially cause an eye injury.
- FuzionNextsport’s Spinner Shark 4-Wheel Kneeboard
Hazard: There is a potential for impact injuries while riding the kneeboard.
- Explore & Learn Helicopter by V Tech
Hazard: The toy is intended for babies as young as 12 months old, therefore crib and playpen injuries are possible. The industry standard requires the string on any playpen and crib toys to be less than 12 inches in length, but this is sold as a “pull toy” so the cord is not subject to those requirements and measures at approximately 24 inches making it a strangulation and entanglement risk.
- Hasbro N-Force Vendetta Double Sword
Hazard: The double sword’s 4.5 feet long blade has the potential to cause facial or other impact injuries.
- Water Balloon Launcher by Water Sports, LLC
Hazard: Promotions for the water balloon launcher say the product can shoot water balloons at speeds up to 75 mph. Users can suffer from severe injury or facial damage, according to its manufacturers. Balloons are also known by the toy industry to pose a significant risk of choking.
- Power Rangers Super Samurai Shogun Helment by Bandai
Hazard: The helmet includes an attachable “crown” with pointed, rigid plastic tips as long as approximately 9” and with the potential for impact and puncture wound injuries.
- P’Kolino Playful Xylophone
Hazard: The toy’s drumstick is not connected to the xylophone and may pose a choking risk to smack children.
- The Avengers Gamma Green Smash Fists by Hasbro
Hazard: These oversized fists could cause blunt impact injuries.
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