Be careful which toys you buy your children for the holidays this year. Some are more dangerous than others.
World Against Toys Causing Harm released its annual list of the 10 worst toys, which is normally released around the holiday shopping season.
All toys on the list are considered dangerous for children for reasons such as choking and causing injuries.
James Swartz, the executive director of World Against Toys Causing Harm, said the packaging helps define how safe the toys are for children, according to Reuters.
“Really, look at the packaging,” Swartz said. “Is it realistic to use the product as the manufacturer intends? If the answer is no, it’s better to stay away from it.”
So what made this year’s most-dangerous list? Here’s a quick breakdown.
- Hallmark “Itty Bittys” baby stacking toy — Careful of all the small, detachable parts from this toy, as they can be a choking hazard for children. Hallmark recalled the toy in August.
- Pull Along Pony — The toy contains a 19-inch cord, which can cause strangulation and entanglement injuries.
- Wonder Woman battle-action sword — The toy can cause body and eye injuries.
- Hand Fidgetz spinners — These popular fidget spinners are a potential choking hazard for children because of their small parts.
- Spider-Man Spider-Drone Official Movie Edition — Body impact and eye injuries can result from using this drone.
- Nerf Zombie Strike Dreadbolt crossbow — The projectiles included in this toy could cause eye injuries.
- Slackers Slackline Classic Series Kit — Walking across a tightrope could cause body injuries if you fall or strangulation from getting caught in the wire.
- Oval Xylophone — The drumstick handle included in this toy could be swallowed, leading to choking and ingestion injuries.
- Jetts Heel Wheels — These wheels, which can be attached to shoes, may cause fire injuries from the sparks they create.
- Brianna Baby Doll — The doll's removable clothing pieces are a choking hazard.
You can also see the entire list of dangerous toys over at the WATCH website.
Joan Lawrence, trade group the Toy Association’s senior vice president of safety standards and regulatory affairs, said the list is “needlessly frightening” and that parents should pay attention to age recommendations on packaging and take them seriously, according to Reuters.
“If you’re going to buy a bicycle there are instructions on how to safely use the bicycle, like wearing a helmet,” Lawrence told Reuters. “We don’t say, ‘Don’t buy the bicycle.’ What we do is find ways to enjoy it safely.”