An elephant pillow, a Nerf gun, and a toy dinosaur are among the most dangerous toys made this year, according to a child safety group.
World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc., (W.A.T.C.H.) claims there are many toys on the market that could cause serious injury and even death. Since 1973, they've put together a list of the most dangerous toys created each year, and recently announced this year's offenders.
W.A.T.C.H. says toys make the list for a number of reasons, like containing small pieces that pose a choking hazard or pointed parts that could lead to injury. The organization also notes that toy labels often carry inadequate warnings.
Which toys made the list this year?
The toys selected are listed below with the risks W.A.T.C.H. says they pose. You can view a slideshow of the toys here.
- Peppa Pig's Muddy Puddles Family: choking hazard from small parts
- Kids Time Baby Children's Elephant Pillow: suffocation hazard
- Slimeball Slinger: ammunition can be fired with enough force to cause eye injuries
- Banzai Bump N' Bounce Body Bumpers: potential for impact injuries
- Nerf Rival Apollo XV-700 Blaster: potential for eye injuries
- The Good Dinosaur Galloping Butch: potential for puncture wounds from pointed tail
- Peppy Pups: risk of strangulation due to long cord
- Flying Heroes Superman Launcher: risk of eye and facial injuries
- Baby Magic Feed and Play Baby: spoon that comes with doll is a potential choking hazard
- Warcraft Doomhammer: risk of blunt impact injuries
Are toys really that dangerous?
There are thousands of avoidable toy-related injuries each year, W.A.T.C.H. says, and at least 19 toys with safety defects have been recalled in the U.S. since last January 2015.
The recalls involved over 800,000 units of toys – W.A.T.C.H. said this proves the inadequacy of existing standards, and adds that just one injury to one child as a result of a poorly designed or manufactured children’s product is one too many.
But some parents argue that "kids will be kids," and the Toy Industry Association put out its own news release telling consumers not to believe the hype. They're warning families not to fall for "fear-mongering tactics," noting that America has some of the strictest toy-safety standards.
"All toys sold in the U.S. are highly regulated 365 days a year by the federal government and must meet more than 100 safety requirements," Steve Pasierb, CEO of the Toy Industry Association said in the release.
The association also noted that none of the toys named in the report have been recalled, and said W.A.T.C.H. doesn't even test any of the toys it claims are unsafe.