Plenty Of Safety Hazards
Before purchasing that toy on the top of your child’s Christmas list, you may consider reviewing World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc.’s nominees for the 10 worst toys of 2022.
W.A.T.C.H. is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about dangerous toys. From choking hazards to chemical-related injuries, W.A.T.C.H. has been monitoring the safety of children’s toys for 50 years in “the hopes of bringing about change and reducing injuries to children,” according to a press release.
Coin cell batteries with the potential for ingestion and chemical burn injuries
Toy weaponry with the potential for blunt force impact injuries
Plush toys that could lead to infant suffocation
Shockingly, classic toy dangers, such as small parts, strings, projectiles, toxic substances, rigid materials, and inaccurate warnings and labels, continue to reappear in new generations of toys putting children at risk
-Cocomelon Musical Learning Watch: Potential For Battery Ingestion Injuries
-Disney Raya’s Action & Adventure Sword: Potential For Blunt Force and Eye Injuries
-Li’l Woodzeez Tickle-Your-Taste-Buds Bakery: Potential For Choking Injuries
-Black Panther Wakanda Battle Claws: Potential For Eye and Facial Injuries
-Zeus Lion: Potential For Ingestion/Aspiration Injuries
-Dingray Musical Bath Toy: Potential For Ingestion and Choking Injuries
-Ooze Labs Chemistry Station: Potential For Chemical-Related Injuries
-Bunny Rabbit Cuddly Pillow: Potential For Suffocation
-Pop’n Fidget Spinners: Potential For Choking Injuries
-Nerf Pro Gelfire Mythic Blasters: Potential For Eye and Facial Injuries
The majority of the products on the list display warning or caution signs on the tags or packaging, which address hazardous concerns, but others do not. W.A.T.C.H. offers practical tips for identifying hazards so parents and caregivers can learn how to avoid potentially harmful toys, such as:
-Thoroughly inspect a toy and its packaging for safety red flags before giving it to a child
-Become familiar with recent injuries and toy recalls
-Advocacy and awareness about dangerous toys that are sold in retail stores and online
Check Those Toys twice like Santa would!