Although toys are purchased throughout the year and some have proven to cause injury and death to children, it is the holiday season in which toy sales increase exponentially that many toy safety groups come out with their lists of dangerous toys to avoid.
The U.S. Public Research Interest Group (PRIG), announced that it appears toys are becoming safer than they have ever been, but that there are still some which need to be brought to the publics attention for safety concerns. PRIG released their list of what they consider to be dangerous children's toys of 2012. This list includes:
- Dora Backpack by Global Design Concepts Inc. for high Phthlate levels
- Dora Tunes Guitar by Fisher Price for excessive noise
- FunKeys by B. Lively for excessive noise
- Snake Eggs by GreenBrier International Inc. for ingestion hazard
- Morphbot by GreenBrier International Inc. for high lead levels
- Just Like Home 120-piece Super Play Food Sets by Toys R Us for choking hazards
- Pullback dragster cars by Z Wind Ups for choking hazards & warning labels that are too small to read
Another watchdog group, Boston based World Against Toys Causing Harm, also released its list of what they consider the 10 worst toys which includes:
- Magnetic Fishing Game by Kole Imports for choking hazard
- Inflatable Bongo Ball by Toys R Us for impact injuries
- Dart Zone Quick Fire 12 dart gun by Prime Time Toys Ltd. for eye injuries
- Spinner Shark 4-Wheel Kneeboard by Fuzion Nextsport for impact injuries
- Explore & Learn Helicopter by V Tech for strangulation hazard
- N-Force Vendetta Double Sword by Hasbro for impact injuries
- Water Balloon Launcher by Water Sports LLC for choking hazard & facial injuries
- Power Rangers Super Samurai Shogun Helmet by Bandai for puncture wounds & impact injuries
- Playful Xylophone by P'Kolino for choking hazard
- The Avengers Gamma Green Smash Fists by Hasbro for impact injuries
CNN also ran a story on dangerous toys which are sitting innocently on store shelves. Some of these dangerous children's products may contain toxic materials like lead or phthalates or contain small parts or parts that can break off and pose suffocation or strangulation hazards. Some toys contain small button batteries which are not adequately secure within the toy and when accessed by small children and swallowed are certain to cause serious and life threatening injury.
Dangerous Children's Products Come in Different Shapes & Forms
Hazards caused by toys come in a variety of shapes and forms and pose many different types of risks to children. Risks include, choking on small parts, strangulation by cords on toys, cuts by sharp edges, and toxic chemical exposure to name a few. The Toy Industry Association did a survey and believes that the presence of lead in toys, exposure to small batteries & magnets, and small parts present the most dangers when it comes to toys.