The list of the ten most dangerous toys of 2017 has been released by the World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (WATCH), the nonprofit toy safety organization, in Boston. Although the toy industry insists that toys currently on the market are heavily monitored and evaluated according to strict safety standards, many hazardous toys remain available to the public, and could pose personal injuries for children. In some cases, a handful of unsafe toys may even cause fatalities. Since 1973, WATCH offers an annual list of the most dangerous toys as a service to the public to protect children from injuries incurred by defective or unsafe toys.
Toys That Pose Choking Hazards
Parents go to great lengths to protect their toddlers and babies from choking on food and other small objects. If a toy is discovered to contain small or easily removable parts, the parts may endanger young children if put into their mouths. The Disney-themed Hallmark “Itty Bittys” Baby Stacking Toys have fabric bows and hats that can detach and may be a choking hazard. Kipp Brothers fidget spinners contain small parts, which could lead to a choking injury for younger age groups. A drumstick accompanies the Oval Xylophone that may cause children to insert the wand in their mouths, potentially blocking their airways. Melissa & Doug’s soft doll for 18 months and older features hair in ponytail holders that, if loosened, may choke a child.
Fall- and Fire-Related Injuries from Toys
Falls caused by an unsafe toy may cause children to incur fractures or head or spinal injuries. Toys that unexpectedly ignite could leave a child with serious burn injuries. The Slackers Slackline Classic Series Kit consists of a tightrope-like device that is meant to be stretched between trees but could trip a child when used. Burn injuries may result when the Jetts Heel Wheels are worn, which are advertised to “spark’’ when active.
Toys That Cause Bodily Injuries
The majority of the toys featured on the 2017 list may cause a host of bodily injuries, including strangulation, physical harm, and eye trauma. Tolo’s Pull Along Pony poses a strangulation or entanglement risk for toddlers due to the excessive length of the cord. Wonder Woman gained newfound popularity this summer, but the Wonder Woman Battle-Action Sword is made of stiff plastic, which may cause facial or other physical injuries. Featuring a rotating blade, the Spider-Man Spider-Drone Official Movie Edition toy puts children at-risk for eye and bodily harm. The Nerf Zombie Strike Deadbolt Crossbow also harbors the potential for eye injuries because of the extreme force exerted during the arrow launch. Two toys — Slackers Slackline Classic Series Kit and Jetts Heel Wheels — reappear a second time for causing strangulation hazards and physical trauma respectively.
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