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Are You Giving Your Child an Unsafe Toy This Christmas?

As a parent, you probably look forward to the look in your kids’ eyes on Christmas day. It’s one of the best parts about the holiday! A child injury due to an unsafe toy can be devastating. Today’s post provides some recommendations for toys to avoid putting under your tree for your child this Christmas.

What Makes a Toy Unsafe?

Many consumer products are unsafe or poorly designed. This is true of products in every industry, and unfortunately that includes children’s toys. During the Christmas season, people spend millions of dollars buying gifts to put under the tree and in their kids’ stockings on Christmas morning. Some products are rushed to sale before they have been properly tested and quality ensured.

The 10 Top Toys to Avoid Christmas 2015

This year, a consumer group called World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH) has published a list of the top 10 most dangerous toys being sold and marketed during the 2015 Christmas season.

The list includes:

  1. “Bud” Skipit’s Wheely Cute Pull Along – This toy from Bunnies By The Bay is being distributed on Amazon and other major retailers, but some lots have been recalled because of parts that can break off and pose a choking hazard.
  2. Foam Dart Gun – The foam dart gun distributed by GD. Jeifeng Toys is much too realistic-looking to be a safe plaything for children of any age.
  3. Stats 38 Quick Folding Trampoline – This trampoline is sold in Toys ‘R’ Us and other stores and recommended for ages six and up, but it can cause serious injuries.
  4. Poo-Dough – From Skyrocket Toys LLC, this product contains wheat, which may cause allergic reactions in some children such as headaches, hives, trouble breathing, and even anaphylaxis.
  5. Splat X Smack Shot – The Smack Shot from Imperial Toy LLC is somewhat like a slingshot and can shoot enclosed ammunition up to 100 feet away. In other words, this toy is too high-powered for safe play, and could cause a serious eye injury if launched too close to another child’s face.
  6. Kick Flipper – This toy from Playsmart Inc. could cause injuries and contains no warnings about using proper safety gear.
  7. Leonardo’s Electric Stealth Sword – Inspired by a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles character, this toy is rigid and can cause impact injuries or blunt force injuries.
  8. Kid Connection Doctor Play Set – This “doctor kit” sold in Wal-Mart and other locations has small parts that could pose a choking hazard.
  9. Pull Along Zebra – This toy from the Early Learning Centre utilizes a 21 inch-long pull cord, though toy industry standards require strings to be less than 12 inches long. This long pull cord poses a strangulation / entanglement hazard for young children.
  10. Jurassic World Velociraptor Claws – These claws from Hasbro are sharp and do not include warnings for face / eye injuries.

Don't let an dangerous product or unsafe toy ruin your holiday season! Make sure you do the research before purchasing that perfect gift for your child.