W.A.T.C.H (World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc.) announced its 2015 nominees for 10 worst toys, toys with the greatest potential to cause childhood injuries and even death, at their "Toy Conference" in November, 2015. Click through to see what's on the list
"BUD" Wheely Cute Pull Along
This soft, plush puppy pull toy is marketed for infants as a "friend" who is "ready to roll." The furry pet rests on two sets of red wooden wheels with blue hub caps.
According to W.A.T.C.H, on June 16, 2015 certain lots of these toys were recalled because the hub caps "can break or come off at the wheel, posing a choking hazard for young children." After issuance of the recall, a similar toy, purchased online, exhibited the same potential for the "choking hazard" identified in the government's recall notice.
Foam Dart Gun
HAZARD: Realistic toy weaponry
W.A.T.C.H. points out that "In today's world, there is no excuse for outfitting children with realistic toy weapons designed to produce potentially dangerous and unnecessary thrills. Existing regulations addressing the hazards associated with such "toys" are inadequate. Detailed replicas have resulted in a number of deaths through the years and should never be sold as toys."
Stats 38 Quick Folding Trampoline
HAZARD: Potential for head, neck and other bodily injuries
In describing this toy, W.A.T.C.H explains that the trampoline is sold in the toy aisle for children as young as 6-years-old.
The packaging actually carries this warning: "Landing on the head or neck can cause serious injury, paralysis, or death, even when landing in the middle of the bed."
Despite instructions that the product only be used with adult supervision, the organization points out that the photo shows a child bouncing alone. The group does not consider it appropriate for small children.
HAZARD: Potential for allergic reations
It consists of a "poo mold" and three cans of brown "Poo-Dough compound." The throw-away packaging does contain an "allergy notice" that the dough contains wheat.
For the gluten intolerant this toy is to be avoided. Allergic reactions to wheat include symptoms ranging from hives, headaches and difficulty breathing, to life-threatening anaphylaxis.
HAZARD: Potential for Eye injuries
The Smack Shot is similar to a slingshot, and is sold with ammunition capable of firing "up to 100ft!" The many warnings and cautions include "alerting" anyone within "close distance to the intended target...."
HAZARD: Potential for head and impact injuries
The Kick Flipper is a rigid plastic board marketed to children "[l]ike a skateboard without wheels!" Young users are encouraged to "[l]earn tricks" and "Kick it! Flip it! Pop it!"
The manufacturer makes no mention of safety gear, and the children pictured on the packaging are not wearing helmets or other protection, points out W.A.T.C.H.
Leonardo's Electronic Stealth Sword
HAZARD: Potential for blunt force injuries
Young children are encouraged to engage in a "Ninja Battle" with this rigid, plastic sword associated with a well-known Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles character. W.A.T.C.H is concerned that the blade has the potential to cause facial or other impact injuries.
Kid Connection Doctor Play Set
HAZARD: Potential for ingestion and choking injuries
The play set, sold for oral-age children, includes "everything you need to play doctor!" Among the medical devices included is a thin plastic "tongue depressor" measuring approximately 4¾ inches in length. The potential of inviting small children to introduce this implement into their mouths, is what raises alarm bellows with this toy since it could seriously occlude a child's airway.
Pull Along Zebra
HAZARD: Potential for strangulation and entanglement injuries
W.A.T.C.H. identifies this toy as dangerous because despite the industry's standard requiring strings on playpen and crib toys to be less than 12 inches in length, manufacturers are permitted to market "pull toys" like the "Pull Along Zebra," with a cord measuring approximately 21 inches. The toy is intended for babies as young as 12 months old.
Jurassic World Velociraptor Claws
HAZARD: Potential for eye and facial injuries
These oversized claws, based on the popular "Jurassic World" franchise, are sold to permit 4-year-olds to "claw like a raptor!"
No warnings or cautions are provided regarding the potential for eye and facial injuries.