When you are shopping for toys, safety is of utmost importance – and then comes fun! It is important that all toys are labeled correctly since they can be hazardous for children. To monitor the cause, World Against Toys Causing Harm, also known as W.A.T.C.H – a consumer safety group came into existence. The purpose of this group is to list all those toys which they deem as dangerous. According to the NPD Group, it is believed that the toy industry of the United States generates nearly $26 billion in sales each year.
Here, we have compiled a list of six Xmas toys that are hazardous for your children:
JETTS HEEL WHEELS
W.A.T.C.H reported that Jetts Heel Wheels is not suitable for the target audience it is made for. The toy has a real sparking action is the rear wheel roller skate shoes which are hazardous for children. In addition, the manufacturer also said that the skate shoes could burn. Jetts Heel Wheels comes in a packaging which states “using heel wheels can be a dangerous activity that may result in injury or death.”
SPIDER-MAN SPIDER-DRONE OFFICIAL MOVIE EDITION BY MARVEL AND SKYROCKET TOYS
W.A.T.C.H believes that children are not the right target audience for the Spiderman spider drone. The drone toy features fast moving blades that help the toy to propel into the air. However, the rapid rotatory blades are dangerous and may cause injuries. The Spider Drone comes with a warning that directs children and other people to keep the blades away from hair, eyes, fingers and other body parts. In addition, the manufacturers Marvel and Skyrocket Toys cited that the Spider Drone is not the safest toy and comes with a warning that it may cause “damage or injury.”
PULL ALONG POLY
The pull toy is not the right choice due to its 19-inch cord. As per the organization, it is believed that the child toy violates a federal law which states that no manufacturer can feature a string of crib toys or playpen that exceeds 12 inches. The Pull Along Poly includes a 19 inches long string. In contrast, the Toy Association stated that this rule does not apply to such toys because their primary focus is to teach motor skills.
THE OVAL XYLOPHONE BY PLAN TOYS INC. AND PLAN CREATIONS
Even though the Xylophone is a great toy to play with, the oval xylophone comes with a 9-and-a-half-inch-long stick that is hazardous for children aged 12 months or less. W.A.T.C.H states that the toy does not come with a warning sign that states the stick could obstruct the airway of the child.
HAND FIDGETZ SPINNERS
Fidget Spinner is arguably the most popular child toy of this year. Although the item is labeled as a ‘novelty gift item,’ many manufacturers are selling it as a toy. W.A.T.C.H reported that is readily available in the majority of the retail toy aisles. What makes it hazardous is its small parts that may result in blocking the airway. It was reported by an anonymous source, “My son’s friend got a fidget spinner from his aunt as a gift. The parents were skeptical to give it to him as it had small parts. Nevertheless, the child loved the present and had a great time playing with it. After a few days, I heard the sad news about the baby’s surgery, as he choked on a small part. These things are not safe at all.”
If you have been in such a situation, feel free to get in touch with a lawyer attorney to file a lawsuit against the company.