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10 Worst Toys for 2007
Recalled Aqua Dots
World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.) is a Massachusetts charitable non-profit corporation. It was founded by Edward M. Swartz, who is a nationally known trial lawyer and child safety consumer advocate.
W.A.T.C.H. was found because Swartz realized that there was a need for a national organization that would educate the public about the dangers in many toys and child products.
Every year around Christmas time, they release a list of the top 10 worst toys that you could purchase for you children.
This year this include 9 toys that are still on the shelves and 1 that has been recalled.
Go Diego Go Animal Rescue Boat
This child's toy is the only one on the top 10 worst toys list that has already been recalled. This brightly- colored boat was pulled off the market in October 2007 because the surface paints on the toy contains an excessive level of lead.
Lead poisoning can have serious effects on children, as exposure to the neuro-toxin will cause long-term health effects.
Sticky Stones are marketed and sold as a toy for children. They are powerful magnetized iron ore pieces that children can collected to form shapes and such. These stones can cause severe internal injuries if they are swallowed.
Once inside the body, Sticky Stones can attach to tissues and intestinal walls, which can cause either intestinal perforation infection or a blockage which can be fatal.
There have already been several recalls of toys that have similar magnets because of the severe risk of injury, but somehow these stones are still available in retail stores. They can be found usually with a display explaining the health concerns related with the toy: "Swallowed magnets can stick together across intestines causing serious infections and death..." But, if you search for them over the internet, there is no such warning.
Pirates of the Carribean Dagger
Jack Sparrow's Spinning Dagger
This particular toy was inspired by the 'Pirates of the Carribean.' It straps to the wrist of the child. The toy/weapon, spins when you push the button and is accompanied with the sounds of battle.
Although, it may sound harmless and fun, this near dagger poses a serious risk for eye injury and other impact injuries.
Dora the Explorer Toy
Dora the Explorer Lamp
Although, the lamp is not marketed as a toy, to many younger children seeing a brightly colored, light up Dora may pose a different image to the child. Being a lamp, it can cause burns, electric shock, and other personal injury to anyone, including the children who may be attracted to the Dora the Explorer figurine.
This lamp should be placed out of reach of any younger child. You should make sure to unplug the lamp when you leave the house, go to bed, or cannot watch it.
Sassy Pet Sack
Lil' Giddy Up Horse
These cute plush horses are sold with a "Pet Sack" which is supposed to be a carrier for the soft animal. The toy presents a serious choking hazard for children because there is a small, wooden bead and the long, fiber-like hair. These items are not attached to the toy properly, and can be easily removed and injested by children.
Surprisingly, the tag on the plush toy says that it is for newborn babies, but the tag on the carrier states that the toy is not intended from children younger than 18 months old....
Both the horse and the carrier are sold together. So, which is it?
Spider Man 3: Goblin Sword
This sword is marked for children as an awesome weapon... ? ...
Because the sword can extend over 3 feet long when the child pushes a special button, the toy can potentially cause facial injuries, as well as other impact injuries.
Hip Hoppa ‘Til You Droppa
This toy consists of a foot board on top of an inflatable ball. Children are supposed to stand on top of the toy, strap it to their feet, and while holding a handle, hop.
Without safety equipment (helmet, knee pads, shoulder pads, etc.), children can loose their balance and fall, which can result in possible injury.
B'Loonies Party Pack
By squeezing out a small ball of plastic, children are encouraged to stick it to the end of a special blow pipe in order to create fun shapes.
The plastic contains chemicals such as poly vinyl acetate, ethyl acetate, and plastic fortifiers. All three of these chemicals are flammable, and the chemical fumes that they emit should never be a part of a child's toy, much less a toy that is to be near a child's mouth.
Baby Born Doll
My Little Baby Born
These dolls are supposed to resemble new born babies, in which toddlers are to care for the doll as though it was such.
This toy can be credited to a choking hazard. The small pacifier that comes with the baby doll is attached to the pj's with a small thread, so when it comes off, which it more than likely will, the pacifier fails the "choke tube" standard.
Rubber Band Shooter
Simple Toys: Rubber Band Shooter
This toy, fires brightly colored rubber bands. Can you imagine why this is on the worst toys list?
Well, the toy is being promoted as a "new" toy that brings back "old fashioned fun." But, as rubber bands are not toys, they should not be sold and promoted as one. Although the package says not to aim at people, it's only a precautionary statement, that many won't read.
Parents will probably tell their children not to aim it at their siblings, but again children will be children.
This "toy" can cause serious eye injuries... Go figure...
Aqua Dots Recall
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