World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.), a consumer advocacy group, has revealed its “10 Worst Toys of 2017,” warning parents that toys like the “Wonder Woman Battle Sword,” and the “Spiderman Spider – Drone” are hazardous and should not be given to children this Christmas.
WATCH has released a list of the 10 most dangerous toys to give children every year since 1973. This year, they say, the dangers are even greater, as more parents buy toys online and off of eBay, where safety standards rarely apply. Here is the list of the toys that made this year’s list.
HALLMARK “ITTY BITTYS” BABY STACKING TOY
HAZARD: Potential choking injuries
This plush Disney-themed stacking toy with four rattling rings is sold without age recommendations or warnings. The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall notice on August 31, 2017 due to “fabric hats and bows that can detach, posing a choking hazard.”
PULL ALONG PONY
Made by: Tolo Toys Limited
HAZARD: Potential strangulation and entanglement injury
Despite the industry’s standard requiring strings on playpen and crib toys to be less than 12 inches in length, manufacturers are still permitted to market “pull toys” such as the “Pull Along Pony” with a cord measuring approximately 19 inches. No warnings are provided.
WONDER WOMAN BATTLE-ACTION SWORD
Made by: Mattel
HAZARD: Blunt Force Injury
Young children are encouraged to bear arms, like a popular comic book and movie character, to engage in “fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars. …” The rigid plastic sword blade has the potential to cause facial or other impact injuries.
HAND FIDGETZ SPINNERS
Made by: Kipp Brothers
HAZARD: Choking injuries
Fidget Spinners, like these bright-colored versions, can be found in retail toy aisles. These spinners remain popular with children of all ages, and some present potential small parts hazards.
SPIDER-MAN SPIDER-DRONE OFFICIAL MOVIE EDITION
Made by: Skyrocket Toys LLC
HAZARD: Impact injuries
This “official movie edition” remote-control drone, based on the well-known Spider-man Superhero franchise, is sold for use by children. The “performance drone,” designed to launch into the air powered by multiple rotating rotor blades is accompanied by numerous warnings, including the potential for “damage or injury.”
NERF ZOMBIE STRIKE DEADBOLT CROSSBOW
Made by: Hasbro
HAZARD: Potential eye injuries
Children as young as 8-years-old are encouraged to load “arrows” into the “deadbolt” crossbow, pull back the “primary pressurized lever” and fire the projectiles in order to “strike back” at “zombies.” The force of the arrow launch presents the potential for eye and facial injuries.
SLACKERS SLACKLINE CLASSIC SERIES KIT
Made by: Brand 44
HAZARD: Possible strangulation and fall injuries
This Slackline is marketed for “all ages” pursuant to a package insert, providing a tightrope-like device intended to be anchored between two trees. The manufacturer warns of the potential for “severe injury”, including “a strangulation
hazard, especially with children.”
Made by: Plan Toys, Inc.
HAZARD: Choking or ingestion injuries
This multi-colored musical instrument is sold for babies as young as 12 months old. The manufacturer provides no warnings regarding the slender, rigid approximately 9½” long drumstick handle, which has the potential to be mouthed and occlude a child’s airway.
JETTS HEEL WHEELS
Made by: Razor USA LLC
HAZARD: Impact and burn injuries
“Heel Wheels” are marketed to be strapped to heels of children’s shoes so footwear can be transformed into a type of rear-wheel roller skate. The manufacturer adds “real sparking” action to the “Jetts” with “skid pads”, as evidenced by numerous warnings, including: “Keep sparks away from eyes, hair, exposed skin and clothing. Sparks can burn.”
Made by: Melissa & Doug
HAZARD: Choking possibility
These “huggable, soft” dolls, marketed for babies as young as 18 months old, have “removable clothing.” The pink ponytail holders are also removable, presenting the potential for ingesting and choking.