Consumer watchdog nonprofit safety group W.A.T.C.H. (Work against toys causing harm) has released its annual list of 2016’s worst toys. By “worst,” the group means toys that it feels are most likely to be dangerous, cause harm, or which have insufficient warnings of potential dangers to children.
The list is as follows:
- PEPPA PIG’S MUDDY PUDDLES FAMILY: The group pointed out that some packaging for the toy, which contains small parts, says it is for ages two and older, when in fact, the small parts create a choking hazard for kids that age.
- KIDS TIME BABY CHILDREN’S ELEPHANT PILLOW: This oversized plush appears to be marketed towards infants, when a toy this size can easily suffocate them.
- SLIMEBALL SLINGER: W.A.T.C.H. is critical of a toy that slings “slime” up to 30 feet.
- BANZAI BUMP N’ BOUNCE BODY BUMPERS: Although packaging suggests head protection, the group pointed out that nowhere are the kids shown using them
- NERF RIVAL APOLLO XV-700 BLASTER: Although the manufacturer admits the toy can cause eye injuries while promoting head to head combat with it, no masks are included with the gun that shoots plastic balls
- THE GOOD DINOSAUR GALLOPING BUTCH: The group pointed out a button is positioned on the dinosaur’s tail, which would lead kids to bring it close to their face, but the tail is sharp and can create a poking or gouging risk to young eyes
- PEPPY PUPS: This toy, intended for a playpen, has a 31-inch cord, longer than the industry standard 12-inch limit which was implemented to keep infants from strangling themselves.
- FLYING HEROES SUPERMAN LAUNCHER: This flying superhero is marketed to kids as young as 4, despite the risk of facial injuries that can occur given how fast the figure flies.
- BABY MAGIC FEED AND PLAY BABY: The group again criticized the very small parts to this playset, which can be choking risks to the age group the product is marketed to.
- WARCRAFT DOOMHAMMER: W.A.T.C.H. noted the heavy, thick toy battle hammer can cause serious injury and that young children are encouraged to feel the “power” of the hammer
Use Best Judgment
Certainly, not every toy that can be dangerous ends up being dangerous, and this list is only a list of predictions made by a watchdog group. In many cases, toys that seem innocuous can end up being dangerous.
Still, every product that is given to children should be used with caution, and parents should take close heed of both user’s manuals and warnings that are on the package.
Parents should also take note of any products that lack warnings, and should use their best judgment on whether they think a toy is safe or not, while keeping in mind the differing maturity levels and physical abilities of different aged children. In many cases, you may be correct in believing a toy marketed as safe is in fact a potential hazard.
If you or your child are injured by a defectively made toy, or one with insufficient warnings of safety hazards, you may be able to hold the manufacturer accountable. If you suspect a defective product caused injury, contact the attorneys of Brassel, Alexander & Rice, LLC today for a free consultation to discuss your case.